Originally Posted by city-dweller
The ROW is the important part to save. Any new trolley/streetca/LRT etc. would have new tracks laid. Recall the demonstration line for the Olympics was new including the gravel base, ties, and rails.
why MUST this ROW be preserved for future lrt / tram / streetcar tracks ?
From the plans I've seen of the SEFC full build-out, the ROW west of Quebec is nowhere to be seen, so this ROW beside Burger King has nothing to connect to anymore.
The 1st Ave tracks can simply stay on 1st Ave and continue east across Quebec St and then across Main St, connecting with the old ROW just east of the Midas Muffler shop. Its a simple straight line -- cheaper & easier to build than a curve.
The old ROW can become a walkway or bike-lane between Quebec and Main St.
They could also put back fake rails and cobblestones on Quebec and Main and between the buildings like was done on Pender St to mark that old ROW:
(I can't explain the fire hydrant, though)
BTW: Does this ROW beside Burger King have enough room for two tracks? After all, this will be lrt / tram / streetcar tracks, so there should be EB and WB tracks for traffic in both directions.