We brought this back to the top for a few hours as the matter comes before council tonight. I believe they are going to tell the region we don’t want any part of LRT.
Mayor Craig is on the right track with shunting the LRT to the sidelines, but he is at the wrong stop when it comes to rapid buses.
Light Rail Transit has absolutely nothing to offer transit riders in Cambridge. It has been made quite clear that any proposed LRT would service Kitchener and Waterloo, while Cambridge would be served by “fast busses.”
I find this puzzling. There is currently an Ixpress bus that runs every 15 minutes from Fairview Mall, up the 401 to the Super Centre, then to Cambridge Centre, then to the Ainslie St. Terminal.
There is also the number 52 which runs every half hour starting at Fairview and going to Ainslie St. via Sportsworld Drive and King St. in Preston.
Yet another bus runs from Cambridge Centre to Conestoga College, going through Preston and past Blair.
These trips all take about 30 to 45 minutes, with stops conveniently located along the way.
Unless Regional Council plans on building new set of roads just for “fast busses,” they are going to have to deal with the traffic on existing roads.
The bottom line is “fast busses” are a myth dreamed up by our politicians to placate Cambridge Residents. We already have them.
What council needs to address is the disparity in service between Cambridge and KW, particularly on Sunday and holidays. On these days you can get a bus on the main routes in KW from 8 a.m. until midnight, but in Cambridge they only run from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on the busses that do run, including those to KW. There is no service at all on these days to Franklin Blvd., which contains a lot of factories that run 7 days a week and would benefit from Sunday service.
I live in Cambridge, but work in Kitchener, and so I’m very familiar with the transit system. I can’t recall seeing Mayor Craig or any member of Regional Council on the busses recently. Grand River Transit is supposed to serve the entire region, not just KW. It’s about time that council stops treating Cambridge like its poor country cousin. I suggest that they forget about both trains and fast busses, and provide better service on existing routes to bring our service up to par with the rest of the region.
What do you think of the region’s plans?Tags: Cambridge Centre, LRT, Mayor Craig, Regional Council