Originally Posted by Doady
The largest independent city in the country without rapid transit is Calgary.
Hahaha, that's hilarious.
I don't understand why soo many people don't seem to grasp the idea of what the LRT system in Calgary entails.
The LRT in Calgary doesn't operate on the road, the median of the road or mix with traffic.
Take the south line for example:
1. Moves 120,000 per day.
2. Terminates at Somerset(suburban neighborhood at edge of city)
3. It is 19 km long
4. Takes less than 30 mins to get to Downtown.
That is pretty f**king rapid if you ask me!
The C-train doesn't slow down when it makes road crossings, it has priority at all signals and I can only think of one at grade pedestrian crossing, but that is in Downtown and once 8th ave subway is built the crossing will no longer be used. I agree that the 7th ave transit mall is terrible and cities need to be careful when implementing LRT systems.
But not calling the C-train a rapid transit system???
How about this? How about we put a tarp over the south line put some lights inside the tarp and paint some pipes on the inside of the tarp. The C-train passengers would never see light and for all intensive purposes it would be act as a subway. The infrastructure and service level of the system would remain unchanged. The system would still be fast (average speed 33-35km/hour). It would still move a lot of people, yet in your eyes not be rapid?