WHY LRTs WONT DO
A lot of people using LRT in conversation are thinking in terms of “Light Rapid Transit”. When they come to understand that the acronym actually means “Light Rail Transit” and that unless it runs in its own dedicated right of way, not mixed with other vehicular traffic and required to stop for red lights, it is not rapid transit. When you explain the reality that when a LRT is used as local transit the highest speed it will achieve is 15 to 17 km/h, in other words, the same as a bus, it comes as a surprise to them and their disappointment is palpable.
We have been talking with folks across the City. They are concerned with the impact of LRT on local traffic. When you start to look at the big picture you quickly realize that the problem is not in pockets it is city wide.
There is a definite need to identify others with the same concerns for our City that we hold and start to bring everybody together. The people we have talked to are helping us to identify those other interested groups. Our combined voice will be very much louder. This website is our next step at broadening the awareness beyond the group served by our mailing list. It is our intent to distribute the petition to as much of the City as can be managed.
We have now established a Facebook page that will assist folks in staying abreast of changes that are happening almost daily.
We have successfully engaged with others across the City that are making similar efforts in their neighbourhoods we will start to work together to coordinate our activities for maximum impact.
Ready access to pertinent information will be especially important over the next 30 days while the expert panel is meeting. The decision on the Sheppard Ave. extension has implications for every other transit project across Toronto.