Originally Posted by Acajack
Other than to please guys who get all excited at the sound of a “choo-choo”, there is no foreseeable reason in the short or medium term for the city of Gatineau to convert its Rapibus system to rail.
Especially when one considers that, as we speak, there are plenty of passenger trains in relatively low-density urban areas similar to Gatineau across North America running with virtually no passengers in them.
True, but you could have accomplished what the Rapibus is going to do using a Commuter Rail system.
Now before I continue, let me make it clear that I approve of the Rapibus and it makes sense for Gatineau, but so does Commuter for the following reasons:
-Commuter rail would've used existing rail infrastructure.
-Commuter rail would stop at all the same places.
-Commuter rail would/could go farther. It could end up in Massons-Angers and Buckingham for roughly the same price.
-Commuter rail would've led to a more integrated transit system with Ottawa.
-Commuter rail would've been able to run into Ottawa with the O-Train.
-Commuter rail would have potentially the same(if not higher) ridership.