Comment 116746

By Haveacow (registered) | Posted March 03, 2016 at 10:23:35

As a weekend driver and sometimes during the week, a regular transit user and a urban planner who lives in a city with a climate that makes winter cycling only for the very brave (Ottawa), I came to a difficult realization about a decade and half ago. Sorry drivers, you are going to start losing a lot of lane space in the next few decades, for so many reasons I can't even begin to count. You just can't have 90-95% of a city's surface transport system be just for cars and trucks and make that system affordable for the taxpayer in the medium or long term. Forget the cost of new roads. The cost of road maintenance is just so high, especially given our climate and its devastating effect on our roads and infrastructure. Its not the length, its the massive area (length and width) that our roads and intersections use up, that really drives up the cost of maintenance. In Calgary for example, they found it was cheaper and more efficient in the long run for Calgary Transit to build affordable housing and park land in their LRT Station Park and Ride lots than just maintain the area as a Commuter parking lot.

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