Comment 38413

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted February 23, 2010 at 21:06:43

LRT would run on dedicated right of ways, and so would not be slowed down (or impede) traffic.

This is one of the important ways in which LRT design differs from streetcar design.

In addition, LRT would have signal priority at intersections (in fact, its own special signals, so as not to confuse drivers).

In brief, LRT + two-way conversion increases the attractiveness of a street as a place to live, work or shop, while retaining relatively high speed transit (McMaster to Eastgate, a distance of 14 km, would take about 24 minutes according to the Metrolinx study. This calculation is door to door, including stops).

Metrolinx states very strongly that two-way conversion is necessary to achieve the full economic advantages of LRT for many of the reasons that have been outlined on this site.

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