- Feb 3, 2012
- Reaction score
- Best Toronto
Thanks. What your both basically saying and confirming is that is the critics of these projects have a point. Average speeds of 22-23, thats really slow. And, when you add stops at traffic lights, you have a very slow commute with many torcherous stops. Anyone who has every used a city bus, will tell you the most frustrating thing about buses is how slow they are at getting from point A to point B and that the frequent stops have an adverse psychological impact on you. That, and overcrowding is what sets you in bad frame of mind. Other than the overcrowing factor, this Finch line project will ultimately deliver the same kind of service as busses did.
This is why i have never believed that, at grade LRT or streetcar service will ever do anything to improve property values. Property values are higher near the subways lines because you can get downtown faster and get you to work or school faster.
Finch West is the busiest bus corrior in the City. Demand for transit on the corrior outstrips the capacity that busses can provide. The LRT was needed unless we want to be forcing people off transit.
The Finch LRT isn't the fastest line in the city, but it will be substantially speedier than what is offered today. For reference, total trip times from Higway 27 to Finch West Stationby mode:
Subway: 20 minutes
Light rail: 27 minutes
Bus: 35 minutes