Am I the only one here who finds busses to be almost as frustrating to drive behind as streetcars?
I'd absolutely hate to have each of our downtown streetcars replaced with 4 busses. That would truly be a disaster for drivers.
Whether buses or streetcars, it will always be slow to drive on those streets, due to the narrowness, lack of turn lanes, street parking, frequent intersections, high pedestrian & bicycle traffic. Many of these characteristics make the street very nice for pedestrians however.
It could be worse with buses, the road would be completely flooded with large buses, and they might need to attempt to keep switching lanes to get to the curb and then avoid parked cars. They may not even be able to fully get to the curb lane if there are parked cars and it's a long bus, blocking both lanes anyways. There would be higher operating costs since you'd need to run way more vehicles.
Also some may not care about this, but we'd be losing one of the key characteristics of Toronto. To me, streetcars in Toronto are like elevated subways in Chicago, it's a unique thing that sets our city apart.
I would like to see either underground or elevated transit going east-west downtown for faster travel near King or Queen, however, replacing streetcars with buses is a downgrade. Especially the new streetcars. But regardless, you're right, it doesn't matter, we already ordered tons of new streetcars and repaired the tracks & wires, so the matter is settled for the next 30 years, even the Ford brothers accept that
Edit: Oh yeah, for those who hate the fact that the streetcars block both lanes, this could be a solution:
Using a island stop beside the track.