My point - more clearly - is that buses suck as anything more than that last mile solution. I am not a rails only snob.And what exactly is your point?
There are a lot of places where the ridership levels will never improve beyond what can be carried on a bus at, say, 5 minute headways - if we're lucky. For those passengers, it will always and forever be nothing more than a bus.
Do you begrudge them so much that they should have to walk that distance rather than have a bus?
Don't get me wrong, I hate buses more than most. (Just ask my friends.) But there comes a point at which there just can't be any better. And unfortunately, that covers a very lot of Scarborough, North York and Etobicoke (and even some of the inner suburbs). And so, guess what: the bus will have to continue to be a very important part of the Toronto transit landscape. It happens to be the easiest, and most convenient way to for those people to access transit.
And I guess, at the end of the day, this is what bothers me about transit "snobs" who feel that "subways are the only answer" or "if it isn't rail, it's not rapid transit". Yeah, I'd love to see rail-based transit everywhere. But the realist in me understands that it's simply not feasible everywhere, and so you need to run buses to those places to get people onboard. And that's kind of the point - it is a network, after all. The more you can draw people from whatever their point A is to their point B, the better. And running more buses more frequently is part of that.
And as a oh-so-proud Canadian and Torontonian I am disappointed that so much transit in this city is bus based. It's fine - and there is no other way - if a bus goes a long distance in North Bay or Belleville; there is not so much competition for space on the roads. In Toronto, I think this is a failure.
But here we are in a large - and by most measures - successful city - successful enough to be on the Amazon HQ2 list. And we have no other way to get from Malvern to your new college career at Humber Lakeshore than by a trip bookended by long slow bus rides if you are a transit rider.
I am disappointed. I am upset. I am a resident irritated at how long it takes to get certain places at certain times. And how inconvenient it can be.
At the end - I think I am angry. Angry with the Davises, the Petersons, the Raes, the Harrises and the McGuintys. And also with every parochial council in the amalgamated city. That was a governance failure as it allowed 45 councilors to behave as though speed bumps (local) were more important than transit (regional). Because in their eyes they were. The absence of a metro level government allowed and encouraged this behavior.
In this successful place - now there is no money. We have had twenty years of relatively good economic times. And we blew it. So we consign millions of people to terrible transit - nothing against the TTC - the pols are responsible.
And finally, where we are is two projects - shovels in ground - Eg and Finch - and more bureaucracy run amok with the planning of the relief line.
In more than a few words, is that the background to my sentiments on buses. The status quo is not OK. We have been through two election cycles in the province/city this year. And there is no political transit champ on the stage saying, "We see the problem. Here is the solution." In many, many cases, the buses - stuck in traffic are here for years to come.