Yes, Whyte Ave is already a busy area with a lot happening between cars (both commuters going through the area and people traveling to the area needing parking) and pedestrians. Adding something more into the mix would not be good. I also feel it would turn into a disaster.To add to this, with the amount of drunk party-goers and jaywalkers around, a street-level LRT would be a disaster.
Agreed. It's much better than I thought it would be. Davies station is so nice, and for many that will be their first interaction with the line for hockey/football games and concerts.I think they pulled it off surprisingly after my first ride
So is walking.Even a train that goes at 30 km/h will be faster than the car traffic there.
An actual tram / modern streetcar could work on WhyteSo is walking.
Putting an LRT on Whyte is trying to solve a problem that isn't currently there. The bus is pretty serviceable from 75 Street to the university with minimal wait times. In addition, commuters (outside of students and healthcare employees - even most university employees got moved downtown) don't need to take that line anymore since they can take Valley Line directly downtown and connect there if required. It might even be faster for students to go to the connector and catch the capital back the other way. Someone should test that.
The other problem with Whyte is that it is the only W/E corridor to the hospital. It makes it challenging to service everything east of 99th Street if you reduce it from two lanes both ways to one. Until the City figures out the problem with the railyard, the problem won't go away. BRT with light priority (even at all crossings) is probably the only near-term solution. I'm a proponent of rapid transit, but the business case has to be there, and I don't see it for Whyte Ave. At least not before anything else that would ever be built across the City for tram/LRT, etc.