On other local and US blogs, there is a growing hysteria that once light rail (streetcar or tram) operates on-street, there will be general panic among pedestrians, ultimately throwing themselves under the tram! Shades of the 1820’s railway hysteria, where trains were claimed to cause insanity and sour cows milk!
I’m sorry to say, that light rail in its various forms operates quite safely in hundreds of cities around the world and mass panic and hysteria among the locals – definitely is not.
What we see is a well orchestrated lobby by the anti-LRT crowd to create an aura of panic among the misinformed public, then pursuing their own interest to support more roads, highways and metros.
In Vancouver, the subway/SkyTrain Lobby is full tilt at it sowing misinformation everywhere they can so they can reap an anti-LRT backlash. Invented stories, debunked myth, and perverted statistics are the norm with this crowd as they pursue their very expensive metro agenda. The results of this effort of mass confusion is of course is to continue our merry way of building metros on routes that do not have the ridership to sustain them and creating financial chaos with TransLink; ever higher fare increases; and new road and highway building programs.
We seem to keep doing the same thing over and over again, ever hoping to achieve different results, but in the end achieving nothing but higher taxes and more congestion.
Why then does LRT operate on-street, in mixed traffic in city centres?
It is what the transit customer wants – transit, on the pavement and easily accessible. It is a winning prescription to help solve our crowning traffic gridlock and associated pollution. The simple availability, affordibility and universally accessible light rail transit will define a successful city for the 21st century.
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