LRT. There is of course, a faction which wants the one billion dollar project cancelled. Right now, no question.
There's probably a bigger group which wonders if this system really is the right idea.
So someone asking me yesterday, "what about the LRT" doesn't really give you much of an idea about how they feel about it.
That being said it's not the job of a councillor to answer so everyone is happy, Finding consensus on many issues is difficult....on something as contentious and expensive as the LRT it's almost impossible.
I would have much preferred a light rail system which provided both an East-West, and a North-South line. But that's not what we got,so as a result vast segments of Kitchener Waterloo will not be served by LRT.
A significant amount of money has been spent, and committed. Canceling the project will involve penalties. So it becomes one of these issues,,,, when the pain of the problem exceeds the pain of the solution....
I've had some people tell me LRT is the driving force behind the re development of King St in both Kitchener and Waterloo. I've had others tell me that would have happened anyway, The truth, I suspect like most things, lies somewhere in between.
So I'm not against the LRT. I think it may provide some solutions for some traffic issues,. We need to keep a clamp on the costs, and need to ensure the system serves Waterloo and it's people the best it can.
And, we need to ensure we get all the information possible on the cost of canceling, or proceeding with the plan. Because that's the only way to ensure everyone is working for the good of the community. An open exchange of information tends to dampen the turf wars, and the protection of self interest.