From the Calgary Sun:
Problem is, as much as we love our trains and buses, transit isn't really an integral part of our lives.Although Leong uses Ottawa as an example of a system Calgary could learn from ("Ottawa has an extensive network of bus lanes (kind of a poor man's LRT) reaching into all parts of the capital -- including its airport"), many Ottawans looking for a night on the town might disagree--in fact, some would surely suggest that a lot of Leong's criticisms could be easily applied onto Ottawa's systems.
I don't have the resources to undertake a proper ridership survey, but I think it would be safe to say transit in Calgary is an effective means of delivering thousands of people to work (or school) and back, every weekday.
The rest of us either don't care for public transit or consider it an unacceptable transportation option.
Apart from having reliable and timely transit, it has to take you to all the places you want to go -- and I don't mean just work.
I mean to see friends, for groceries and clothes, a visit to your favourite bookseller, a trip to the movies or a night on the town.
This discussion raises a few questions for the transit-minded citizen:
- Is it worth connecting outer areas of the city with OC Transpo "ring routes"?
- If so, how can it be done?
- What roads should incorporate new transit routes?
- Why hasn't it been done to date?
Please, feel free to respond and discuss in the comments.