Comment 31190

By realitycheck (anonymous) | Posted May 21, 2009 at 12:45:12

If I could comment on the points Jason made i his May 19th posting (his comments are enclosed in ">>" and "> Main is more suited to become a 4-lane road with turning lanes at intersections. King isn't wide enough to be designed in this manner.>If Main were (sic) to house the LRT, there would be zero opportunity for street parking along both King and Main due to the narrower design of King and the loss of 2 lanes for LRT on Main.>During the day, street parking on King from Sherman to Wentworth is mostly empty. Plus, it hasn't done much for business up until now. LRT bringing in shoppers and people who want to be there will help businesses much more than cars speeding through to the suburbs. > King is more suited to LRT and it's spinoff effects due to the existing streetwall along it's length. >Side streets can see street parking increased and make up for the loss along King.>King can still see parking from John to Bay and Queen to Dundurn. That's a lot of street parking.

Main can see parking from Dundurn to Sherman, and possibly east of Sherman with a simple parking cut-out into the southern sidewalk which is quite wide east of Sherman. <<

Again, it may be a lot of parking in your view, but it is a heck of a lot less than is currently available. LRT on Main Street will result in a net loss of curbside parking, but certainly not as deep a loss as if it should be placed on King.

I also want to point out the impact LRT on King would have on other forms of traffic that currently use King street, beyond the personal automobile. LRT on King would leaves room for just one lane of traffic in either direction for most of the affected stretch of road, rendering it virtually impossible for any kind of local bus service along this road. Local service will be needed to supplement and feed the LRT, and losing local bus service would be a great disservice to current HSR ridership. Furthermore, taxis would have great difficulty picking up and dropping off fares along a road without any clearance to pull out of the way of moving traffic, especially during rush hour. And what about service vehicles delivering goods to the businesses located along King? They would no longer be able to pull over for deliveries anywhere along King.

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