Originally Posted by Metro-One
Watching the "train wreck" unfold in Toronto makes me very appreciative of skytrain and Translink. Sure we complain, but it is a good system.
And for Cornholio, the walking home from the stations and to the station also applies to WCE.
And it has never taken me more than 2 minutes to get from the Expo platform to the M-Line platform (unless I stop for food or coffee). So that 5 minutes would also include the waiting time on the platfrom for the M-Line train to arrive.
I also rarely have stinky homeless guys next to me on the train, and faregates will likely keep many out soon.
I am all for transit expansion, I have spent a good chunk of my life in cities that have useful transit systems that work(Vancouver will never be able to compete in our life times with these places). But if we can provide a viable alternative for some people and as a result a emergency alternative for the rest then thats great.
The WCE is comfortable, quick and direct with good seating where you can use you laptop, do work, or read a book like a human being.
As far as the fare gates go they are not going to keep anyone out, they dont anywhere else, nor do they eliminate fare evasion. If anything they will slow down travel time and reduce safety on the transit system because they will suck funding for and a reason to have Police and attendants on platforms. Do you honestly think that the drunk homeless guy will walk instead, no he will get through the turnstiles, find a ticket, beg for someone to let him in, steal some change, what ever, one way or another he is getting on. Difference being that instead of making his trip he will likely need to spend more time at the station and harass people, etc the he does now, that and with less human security on the trains eventually will be able to do more of his anti social behavior without fear of getting booted out of the station.
And I have nothing about homeless people by the way, our system now makes those who can pay pay, and those who cant the ability to travel with as little resistance as possible(resistance leads to more crime etc.).