Monday, March 10, 2008

Streetcars and LRT: Streetcar-oriented development

Over at Spacing Toronto, Sean Marshall has an excellent article about the relationship between transit and development - light rail and suburban avenues in particular.

One thing we have to remember when building a transit line is that that ridership is only one of many factors, and the desired character of the streets is very important in making these choices. As Sean says, subways tend to result in clusters of very high density around the stations, with little in between (as we've seen on Sheppard). Bus rapid transit and light rail (and subways with very close station spacing) tend to cause the development to even out along the line, as we've seen on Queen. We have to be very careful about what changes we make, as they might forever change the character of the street.

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