Proposed route for Cambridge light rail unveiled — Feb. 11
The preferred route for Stage 2 of the light rail: Paula Sawicki, the region's manager of transportation planning, says "People are paying attention, I think, because Stage 1 is so tangible."
It certainly is tangible and much more than that — as Stage 1 has a stop in front of a large hospital.
The Kitchener-Waterloo LRT route also passes two universities, three public schools and almost 80 per cent of residential areas are within a five-minute walk to an LRT stop.
Nothing of the sort happens with the preferred Stage 2 Cambridge LRT route. Only shopping malls on Hespeler Road are served, and not even 20 per cent of residential districts are directly served.
Councillors cheerfully recommend downloading a new GRT map so everyone can make bus connections to use the LRT.
Eagle Street property owners can look forward to being dislocated before they make their back-to-the-future convenient LRT connection in Preston.
Provincial funding should be contingent on a stop at Cambridge Memorial Hospital and a preferred Stage 2 line that goes down Coronation Boulevard to Ainslie Street.
No one will give up their cars on Hespeler Road to take the LRT. A Hespeler Road extension that actually goes into Hespeler can be a "future" consideration if the rest of LRT is a big success.