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Paris to Show Toronto What an LRT Can Do

In Toronto, we have a clear experience about rail transit. We have our speedy subways, and we have our slower streetcars. Even on the Spadina streetcar line, the close stop spacing and the lack of transit priority on the streetlights provides a journey that isn’t exactly rapid. So, when the TTC talks in terms of building a Transit City, it’s understandable that some users look at the Spadina streetcar experience and question how slow streetcars can substantially improve transit in the outer suburbs.

But the LRT experience in other cities does not match Toronto’s experience in its downtown. The proposed Transit City lines on Finch West, Sheppard East and Eglinton don’t have to be slow. They just have to be designed right. And now representatives from Paris are coming to Toronto to how how an LRT can be done properly.

Paris is a city of subways. Its Metro has had a century to grow into a network of winding, closely spaced lines covering much of the city. Recently, however, it has added to its network with a modern LRT, and on Friday, September 5 at 6:30 p.m. in committee room 2 of Toronto’s City Hall, representatives from the Regie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) will explain how and why they are doing it.

More details are available on this flyer.

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