Comment 31198

By realitycheck (anonymous) | Posted May 21, 2009 at 16:03:23

Jason, when I talk about parking on Main in the config I propose, I am talking about using the curbside lane as streetside parking during non-rushhour times, certainly not another lane above and beyond what I am suggesting.

Why give up on Main and relegate it as a car-centric route? I thought the idea was to make the city more pedestrian friendly, not just King Street. Besides, King is already pedestrian friendly (at least in the downtown area), and LRT on it will only marginally improve upon this. However, Main can improve much more dramatically by the infrastructure stimulus, and would have a trickle-down effect on development along King.

I can understand how you may think my concern about service vehicle access is trivial, but try to appreciate the business owner's perspective. A less convenient delivery access point by suppliers will translate to an added expense to the business owner. Design considerations around the LRT should be how it can best impact the entire city in a positive manner, which includes minimizing the negative impacts on those immediately affected by its construction and operation. Having LRT on Main delivers rapid transit that meets the city's needs, while having less negative impact on all other existing infrastructure needs compared to its introduction along King.

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