Comment 119926

By mdrejhon (registered) - website | Posted August 30, 2016 at 14:17:24 in reply to Comment 119914

I like the idea of a much more frequent A-Line Express (perhaps end at Limeridge Mall for now) that's all-day 365 days per year -- with a more occasional A-Line express that goes ahead to the airport.

Call it 10 Express and 10A Express -- with the A being Airport.

It'll be a good lead-up for 10 Express being replaced by the suggested A+T hybrid LRT (an A-Line LRT with a T-line stub to Limeridge). This is a good incremental step before the full-length A-Line LRT.

In fact, I'd even go as far as suggest that this be "Phase 2 Plus" -- additional funding for Phase 2 to make this happen concurrently with the Eastgate LRT extension, construction of this could begin 2024 and be complete by 2027-9(ish).

In fact, it may be even be possible to do EA's after a favourable 2018 election, get it funded during 2018-2022 (e.g. Trudeau re-election) and begin prep by drilling the tunnel ramp thru the escarpment before 2024 (~5 degree slope that was mentioned elsewhere), to get a head-start on corridor for 2024.

Ottawa is starting their Phase 2 LRT immediately after Phase 1 LRT, and Hamilton can too.

A-Line incremental extension

So, yes, it is a good idea to start ramping up bus services (10-year Rapid Ready), by terminating A-Line 10 Express (15-min or better) at Limeridge Mall, with a few A-Line 10A Express all the way to the Airport (30-60min service).

This will increase bus ridership for a realistic LRT line (A+T hybrid single route), which can more cheaply occur before the full-length A-Line LRT, with better ridership-per-kilometer utilization.

Comment edited by mdrejhon on 2016-08-30 14:55:26

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