Yes. LRT makes all stops. No express service is (reasonably) possible. 12 minutes CC to Renforth is possible because it makes only one intermediate stop.Why wouldn't I find it controversial? If you took the transitway, exactly as it is, keeping the same stop spacing and top speed limits, and dropped LRT tracks in its place, can you honestly tell me it would be any slower than a bus running in the same circumstances?
LRT has its place. But it isn't always better than buses just because it is more expensive. And putting LRT in places that are inappropriate (Line 5 is a wildly inappropriate use for LRT) locks us into a compromise transit solution that is more expensive or less effective than other alternatives. The idea that LRT will ever be upgraded to higher order rapid transit is quite dubious. You can accomplish a lot with BRT, and by the time BRT is reaching capacity you might be better off skipping over half-pregnant solutions and going to a real rapid transit alternative for only a slightly larger investment.