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    Quote Originally Posted by Palma View Post
    I don;t see how 35 min is long. Take a book to read and do some sight seeing along the way.
    I'm in agreement with transit downtown. It's so slow that walking is a better alternative. If it takes you about the same time to walk than wait for the bus and get on the bus to get to a location. You might as well walk it. You might even get there quicker walking than taking the bus if the bus is late or takes a long time to wait for it. The best alternative for people living downtown is biking. Why take a streetcar you have to wait and it goes so slowly that it takes 15 minutes to get to short distances that you can walk in 15-20 min. Or if you bike, it takes 5-10 min. Which will you choose? For example from Bremner and Spadina to Queens Quay stn. It takes about 10-15 min to get there plus waiting time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AKS View Post
    Why take a streetcar you have to wait and it goes so slowly that it takes 15 minutes to get to short distances that you can walk in 15-20 min. Or if you bike, it takes 5-10 min. Which will you choose? For example from Bremner and Spadina to Queens Quay stn. It takes about 10-15 min to get there plus waiting time.
    More like 7-8 minutes, and if you walk it you'll be passed by several streetcars. The only time you can walk as fast as the streetcar is in rush-hour gridlock on a route that runs in mixed traffic (in which case walking is faster than all motor vehicles). In general the streetcar is much faster than walking.

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    I have to say though, given I commute through or near (depending which way I go) Cabbagetown every day on streetcar or bus, I have to ponder what trip would only take 45 minutes to walk, but 35 minutes on transit. The only thing that comes remotely to mind is to Queens Quay/Simcoe, which given the state of the Yonge subway and Harbourfront streetcar is a problem.

    Still, I don't see what this has to do with Transit City. We're talking less than 10 km/hr here ... I don't think that is what any of the proposed LRT lines are supposed to run at.
    Last edited by nfitz; 2012-Apr-16 at 08:24.

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    Quote Originally Posted by car4041 View Post
    More like 7-8 minutes, and if you walk it you'll be passed by several streetcars. The only time you can walk as fast as the streetcar is in rush-hour gridlock on a route that runs in mixed traffic (in which case walking is faster than all motor vehicles). In general the streetcar is much faster than walking.
    I've routinely been beaten by people who are walking when I take the Spadina streetcar, especially if the bunch of four streetcar takes a while to arrive but sometimes even if they arrive quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unimaginative2 View Post
    I've routinely been beaten by people who are walking when I take the Spadina streetcar, especially if the bunch of four streetcar takes a while to arrive but sometimes even if they arrive quickly.
    I use the Spadina streetcar multiple times per day and it's awfully rare for walking to be faster. I know this because I never wait for the streetcar -- if it's not there, I just start walking, and get on the streetcar when it catches up with me. And it's very rare for it not to catch up with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by car4041 View Post
    I use the Spadina streetcar multiple times per day and it's awfully rare for walking to be faster. I know this because I never wait for the streetcar -- if it's not there, I just start walking, and get on the streetcar when it catches up with me. And it's very rare for it not to catch up with me.
    It happens pretty often to me, particularly during prime shopping times. Either way, if a light rail line in its own right of way ever gets passed by a person walking, then that's a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unimaginative2 View Post
    It happens pretty often to me, particularly during prime shopping times. Either way, if a light rail line in its own right of way ever gets passed by a person walking, then that's a problem.
    But in the end (to try to bring this back on-topic) the Spadina car is not particularly relevant for Transit City, since unlike the Spadina car, the Transit City LRVs will not be stopping every twenty paces and waiting for fifty people to slowly climb up the stairs and pay their fares one-by-one. (I exaggerate, of course, but only slightly!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKS View Post
    I'm in agreement with transit downtown. It's so slow that walking is a better alternative. If it takes you about the same time to walk than wait for the bus and get on the bus to get to a location. You might as well walk it. You might even get there quicker walking than taking the bus if the bus is late or takes a long time to wait for it. The best alternative for people living downtown is biking. Why take a streetcar you have to wait and it goes so slowly that it takes 15 minutes to get to short distances that you can walk in 15-20 min. Or if you bike, it takes 5-10 min. Which will you choose? For example from Bremner and Spadina to Queens Quay stn. It takes about 10-15 min to get there plus waiting time.
    I do often bike (as I did today). But sometimes, cycling isn't an option for various reasons.

    The fact is my walk to work is 45-50 min, not 15-20 min. It's ridiculous that when transit takes a comparable amount of time to walking for a trip that length that the response is not that speed of transit is an issue, but to simply tell me to walk. Such an attitude is, at best, defeatist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDL.TO View Post
    I do often bike (as I did today). But sometimes, cycling isn't an option for various reasons.

    The fact is my walk to work is 45-50 min, not 15-20 min. It's ridiculous that when transit takes a comparable amount of time to walking for a trip that length that the response is not that speed of transit is an issue, but to simply tell me to walk. Such an attitude is, at best, defeatist.
    And that's being charitable. I often hear "Why don't you just drive if transit is too slow for you??" The answer, of course, is that millions do.

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    Yet when I say something about people not caring how long their streetcars take to get to their destination I get accused of being anti-LRT.

    Funny that.

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    Yeah, that's the typical accusation. I don't let it bother me.
    Last edited by unimaginative2; 2012-Apr-16 at 20:06.

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    Quote Originally Posted by car4041 View Post
    More like 7-8 minutes, and if you walk it you'll be passed by several streetcars. The only time you can walk as fast as the streetcar is in rush-hour gridlock on a route that runs in mixed traffic (in which case walking is faster than all motor vehicles). In general the streetcar is much faster than walking.
    I seldom take the TTC because walking is faster. But I did take it once in awhile and it must be my luck because it was going at a snails pace. When it is coming to a light turning red, the streetcar slows to a crawl. Then when it turns green, it moves slowly until it hits another red light and slows down more. It's quite frustrating. When the streetcar was out of service today, I saw the buses going faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKS View Post
    I seldom take the TTC because walking is faster. But I did take it once in awhile and it must be my luck because it was going at a snails pace. When it is coming to a light turning red, the streetcar slows to a crawl. Then when it turns green, it moves slowly until it hits another red light and slows down more. It's quite frustrating. When the streetcar was out of service today, I saw the buses going faster.
    The buses are only going faster because the streetcars have been crawling along Queen's Quay lately due to the track being in terrible shape. If that's where you've been taking the streetcar then I'm not surprised you think it's so slow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterF View Post
    That's not entirely true. All things being equal, streetcars tend to attract more riders than buses.
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    Are there any statistical data to back that?
    I just noticed that the Journal of Public Transportation has an article on this exact subject this month. Bus or Rail: An Approach to Explain the Psychological Rail Factor

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    I've always loved trains and planes. Used to always draw them as a kid. When I was in Poland on holiday I would draw pictures of the different streetcars and their different liveries in the different cities.

    Somehow I've never been quite as attached to the streetcars here though. I don't know why. Maybe that'll change when we get our new Bombardiers.

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