Basically all of the benefits you suggest, could be achieved with buses at a much lower cost. Which is why suburban LRT is usually so silly.That’s in your opinion. The data shows most Scarborough ttc rides start and end in Scarborough. If I was out there still I would much prefer a lrt network than spending all our money on one line. LRTs do have added benefits of busses from being in their own lane, being more comfortable to ride on(not weeving in and out of traffic) larger so better chance of a seat, and farther transit stop spacing. Not too far but not too close. But I get it. You guys don’t like not grade separated transit.
You have mentioned the Surrey lrt situation. But you did not cite any sources leading me to choose if I believe said source exists and that it’s accurate. Based on your pro subway everywhere stance I’ll wait for actual detailed reports and then I would still need to compare it to what was planned on eglinton east and sheppard to see if the contexts are similar.
Light Metro costs less than 2x as much, is faster and more reliable than LRT, LRT is only slightly faster than BRT (without fully dedicated lanes mind you so BRT could match LRT). The City wanted to do LRT despite this because of vacuous claims that LRT creates a nice urban environment.
Selected despite being worse because the Conservative mayor of the time cared more about development than good transit service.Didn't Vancouver only decide to cancel the LRT and build Skytrain once the new mayor of Surrey was elected on an anti-LRT platform? The LRT was already selected as the preferred technology, but the residents of Surrey voted to spend an hour commuting into Vancouver instead of developing their own downtown into a distinct business district.