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Light Rail Transit Facts

Myth

LRTs will get stuck in snow.

Fact

LRT is a proven technology that is used around the world including extremely cold places such as Edmonton, Minneapolis, Stockholm and Bergen. The guideway will be maintained to permit safe and reliable operation in adverse weather conditions.

Myth

There are adverse health risks to LRTs.

Fact

LRTs produce near-zero emissions, making them the right choice for the environment.

Myth

LRTs increase emergency vehicle response time.

Fact

Special provisions will be made for emergency vehicles to use the LRT right-of-way to bypass traffic.

Myth

LRTs reduce traffic lanes.

Fact

Not necessarily. For example, on Finch Avenue, there will be no traffic lane reductions (except for a short length between the CP bridge and Weston Road).

Myth

Transit stops in the middle of the roadway are unsafe.

Fact

The wide LRT stop platforms are accessed via accessible signalized intersections/crosswalks and there is a physical barrier between the platform and adjacent road lane.

Myth

LRT travel time is unreliable.

Fact

LRTs travel on a dedicated right-of-way and have priority signaling at intersections, improving the reliability of travel times.

Myth

LRTs are slower than subways.

Fact

Both LRTs and subway vehicles can achieve speeds of 80 km/hr. In both, actual speed is determined by the spacing between stops and the dwell time at stops. The average speed of the Eglinton Crosstown is 28km/hr; the Bloor-Danforth subway is 32km/hr.

Myth

Property values along LRT corridors will decrease.

Fact

Studies throughout North America consistently demonstrate properties adjacent to higher order transit experience enhanced value.

Myth

LRTs will cause congestion.

Fact

LRTs will not impede traffic, as they travel on a dedicated right-of-way separate from regular traffic. LRTs will in fact decrease congestion by replacing buses.

Myth

LRTs will impede left turns.

Fact

Left turns and U-turns will be permitted at most signalized intersections.

 

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