I agree with all of that. Toronto needs a subway PLAN, and it doesn't have one. It has this idea of LRT as "rapid" transit, but we have no inkling that it will indeed be rapid at all. And if it's not faster than the buses, if it won't get people out of their cars, what's the point?
I think Scarberian's point about getting people out of their cars is a good one. I wouldn't take a streetcar from Port Credit to Union. That'd be crazy. That's what the GO train is for. It just doesn't seem any sense of rationality has been applied to these plans. It's like GO train or LRT and those are the only two options.
Yea, hopefully Miller will snap out of his LRT-only plan and start to mix it up.
Again, I think Light Rail would be ideal for certain areas that need better transit than buses, but not suitable for subway. Sheppard is already mostly done, Eglinton is too busy, and the DRL would need to be subway as well. All these other routes could easily be LRT without any problem. I wished both sides would come to the table, agree to work some details out, then present a unified transit plan the entire Toronto area can get behind.
However, if LRT is all they will build, I'd say go for it and fight for a high quality system that has platforms that take more than 2 cars per train. LRT isn't that slow, it is a better option than buses... I just think bastardizing Sheppard with a hybrid subway-LRT mix is the most insane idea ever, among other things. So hopefully they build other lines first and leave Sheppard alone for a while so that conditions may change in the future.