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RE: ION Phase 2 - Cambridge's Light Rail Transit - Canard - 05-02-2018

Probably in an emergency, but not something they’d allow in operation.

It’s a neat system; the entire guideway is about as intrusive as the OCS alone for LRT.

Anyway, back to reality. The alignment along the river is going to be gorgeous - I really hope this moves ahead.


RE: ION Phase 2 - Cambridge's Light Rail Transit - KevinL - 05-02-2018

The bypass of Eagle looks to be quite nice in how it passes through a lot of naturalized areas. Similar feel to the spur line in Waterloo.


RE: ION Phase 2 - Cambridge's Light Rail Transit - Viewfromthe42 - 05-03-2018

It feels like a big gap between Preston and Hespeler, and the move off of Eagle seems to negate a possible station which could have been a decent transfer point or long term intensification node, or does that really seem pointless?


RE: ION Phase 2 - Cambridge's Light Rail Transit - KevinL - 05-03-2018

I can see a station (park & ride?) at Speedsville, eventually.


RE: ION Phase 2 - Cambridge's Light Rail Transit - Canard - 05-03-2018

That’s a good idea Kevin!! And sill a possibility with the new route.

In general we need more Park-and-Rides. I appreciate that most people who post here are against them, but the vast majority of the Region still drive or don’t live near the line, so it’s good for ridership. And visitors! We always use park-and-ride lots on road trips when visiting other cities.


RE: ION Phase 2 - Cambridge's Light Rail Transit - Bob_McBob - 05-09-2018

Stop the LRT thru Preston are now focusing their efforts on Shantz Hill. Their goal is ultimately to complain loudly enough that the region completely bypasses the area by running the route all the way up the 401 to Speedsville Rd.

Quote:Well we attended the LRT stage two PCC. Open House . sorry to say , still no answers to our Questions. It seems to be getting worse by the minute. The Region seems to be determined to bring the LRT down Shantz Hill on a wide high Bridge which will be like driving under the flyover in Kitchener. This means our view of coming down the hill will be of concrete standards and a high concrete bridge instead of the tree filled valley you see before you now. Then it crosses diagonally going east through the river and onto Chopin near King street. This section is all in flood plain and will impede the flow of water and flood the neighbouring yards. This is all environmentally wrong. The cost of this section, from the top of Shantz Hill , will be the most expensive part of the project. At the King and Eagle stop, it looks to be taking out the whole block of Chopin, Queenston, Eagle and King. This area will become a station with trains, buses and car parking. So now we have an area filled with fumes, traffic trying to turn left off of Eagle onto King, cars coming down King heading for Shantz Hill....oh wait, Stop, here comes the train every 7 minutes, not to mention the buses turning in and out!!! I could go on with more , but that's all for now, folks!! Please come to the meetings tonight from 4 to 8 at the Preston Aud and Thursday from 4 to 8 at the Hamilton Family Theatre ( formerly the Dunfield Theatre) in Galt. Please come and see for yourselves and give your comments. I hope you will try to save the entrance to our town and preserve our unique Town of Preston, in the City of Cambridge.



RE: ION Phase 2 - Cambridge's Light Rail Transit - bgb_ca - 05-09-2018

It's clear that's the only answer this group will take. They tried to work with them to come up with a compromise but they got their heals dug in.


RE: ION Phase 2 - Cambridge's Light Rail Transit - UrbanCanoe - 05-09-2018

They're worried about it crossing the river and potential to "impede the flow of water and flood the neighbouring yards", yet over the past year Preston residents successfully petitioned council to restore the dam which will do exactly that! I'm baffled by this.


RE: ION Phase 2 - Cambridge's Light Rail Transit - KevinL - 05-09-2018

There's the possibility for genuine concern with the Eagle/King station and traffic congestion, but it's buried in a lot of other overreactions and is hard to take seriously as a result.


RE: ION Phase 2 - Cambridge's Light Rail Transit - trainspotter139 - 05-10-2018

(05-09-2018, 10:52 PM)Bob_McBob Wrote: Stop the LRT thru Preston are now focusing their efforts on Shantz Hill. Their goal is ultimately to complain loudly enough that the region completely bypasses the area by running the route all the way up the 401 to Speedsville Rd.

MTO already said NO to the 401 routing as a possibility


RE: ION Phase 2 - Cambridge's Light Rail Transit - Canard - 05-10-2018

One of my coworkers (who lives in Cambridge and likes to call his MP, MPP & councillor endlessly) corned me yesterday and went on for 15 minutes about “how much better” the Toyota route would be.

He’s absolutely convinced there’s a massive conspiracy theory going on aboht the whole thing. It’s tiring.


RE: ION Phase 2 - Cambridge's Light Rail Transit - kitborn - 05-10-2018

Just bypass Preston and see what the future holds for them when it becomes too expensive to drive cars and they then need fast public transit.


RE: ION Phase 2 - Cambridge's Light Rail Transit - panamaniac - 05-10-2018

(05-10-2018, 08:48 AM)kitborn Wrote: Just bypass Preston and see what the future holds for them when it becomes too expensive to drive cars and they then need fast public transit.

Phase 5 ...  Wink


RE: ION Phase 2 - Cambridge's Light Rail Transit - Viewfromthe42 - 05-10-2018

I hope I'm not the only one who sees something like "The town of Preston in the City of Cambridge" as a very bad form of divisive identity politics and wall-building.


RE: ION Phase 2 - Cambridge's Light Rail Transit - Canard - 05-10-2018

...isn't that exactly what it is, though?

From what I gather at work, people haaaaaaaaaate it when you say they're from Cambridge; they all want to be identified by their own little niche areas (for whatever reason).