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Old Posted Nov 11, 2020, 12:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Good Baklava View Post
True BRT has its own ROW separated from traffic similar to a rail line. Beyond being cheaper, they have the added advantage of being easily upgraded to LRT as ridership increases. You just need a classic bus and the ROW lets you zoom past traffic. I’ve had the chance to ride the new system in Gatineau and it’s definitely cutting travel times between Hull and Gatineau proper. I actually think it was built on an abandoned freight line, because it reused an old iron bridge.
My biggest concern about this is that the street network in (peninsula) Halifax can't be widened/expanded any further. If the goal is dedicated ROW just go straight to tram/LRT. If upgrades are depended on increased ridership it might flop because taking a bus = do you have a DUI or something? The stigma of riding the bus as an option has such a negative effect I doubt many will buy the "rapid" appeal.

Maybe I should stop second guessing
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