Originally Posted by korzym
I used to make trips to the south, using the LRT, and then a bus to my house which is at the very back end of the bus route's loop. 1 hour to do all that transit non-sense.
You're saying transit sucks, so we should spend LESS money on it?
Every penny of transit money I've seen spent in this city has only made my commutes on transit BETTER. And hell, on those rare occasions I drive when transit is full of people (rush hour, Stampede, Flames games, etc) - transit kicks sweet Jebus ass! I can only imagine how annoying driving to Stampede would be with another 50,000 cars on the road. Or trying to get out of the parking lots by the Saddledome when a Flames game lets out.
Transit in Calgary is in a state of tremendous flux right now. It's moving from a "small city" model, like you see in Winnipeg or other cities of similar size - inconvenient outside of rush hour, doesn't go where you want it to go, and takes FOREVER to get anywhere beyond downtown. What we're moving towards is what much larger cities have - transit that goes everywhere, and fast.
Unfortunately you're looking at the legacy of 60 years of massive investment in road infrastructure and thinking hey, this is great! No kidding - it's the accumulation of decades of major spending. Do that for transit and I promise you taking the bus/train wouldn't be any worse than a car, for a lot of things.
Disclaimer: I'm a car-loving, transit-only-at-rush-hour guy too. I find the current state of transit in Calgary to be a huge pain in the ass for most things. But I do think (and other cities prove) that we need to spend MORE on it, to IMPROVE it. Not to leave it in the sorry state it is.
What you're basically saying is "transit sucks because we've never spent the money on it, so let's not spend the money on it anymore". That's almost a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Imagine actually being able to go out at night, and drink, and never, EVER worry about being DUI. Or worrying about finding a cab (and paying $50+ to get home). In Calgary this is impossible unless you either live downtown or you leave the bar by about midnight. In many cities, it's a reality.