The LRT on facebook – I Support Light Rail Transit in the Region of Waterloo

LRT Construction

I Support Light Rail Transit in the Region of Waterloo is a wonderful local website following the progress of the LRT construction. I think this is great that we have these community pages – I ran one myself for about three years. (Remember 365 things to do in Kitchener Waterloo?) Here is a blurb from their page.

Our Cities Need a Strong Spine to do the Heavy Lifting

Buses make great secondary support, but they’re not the spine needed to handle the heavy lifting on our community’s King Street-401-Hespeler Road transit corridor.

Putting in a bus-only solution today would mean painful surgery in ten years to reinforce it with rail. Starting now with an LRT spine gives us the best chance to reach Cambridge in the same ten-year timeframe, without building the system twice.

At the cost of half a tank of gas per household per year, Light Rail Transit is a robust solution at an affordable price. So why isn’t the entire community behind it?

Instead of a healthy spine, anti-transit naysayers want band-aid solutions. Without LRT, patchwork road widening would carve into our land, our homes, and demand back-breaking road taxes.

With your help, our community can stand tall and strong – visit and tell your Regional Councillor that you support Light Rail Transit.

Let LRT do the heavy lifting and take the pressure off of our roads and our wallets.

I like that line about, “at the cost of half a tank of gas per year”. That is great. That’s perspective.

But mostly, because it is facebook, I like the pictures. The LRT is a major traffic disruption, one that will be felt even more in two weeks when the kids go back to school. It is great to see that we are actually making progress. When the digging is done and the rails are laid, Waterloo Region is going to have a completely different feel to it.

Link to page.

Check it out –> Facebook group

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