Published in the Guelph Mercury Tribune – Opinion Section

“Good transit planning is always about understanding and accepting that there are trade-offs.

Before discussing which route goes where, what we should be focusing on first is how much of our transit resources do we want to be dedicated to doing one thing over another and if we want to put more money into achieving a more balanced network or not.

In transit consultant Jarrett Walker’s book, Human Transit, he lays out how there are no black or white solutions when it comes to transit planning. The underlying geometry of transit requires communities like Guelph to make a series of choices on a spectrum between two desires. Examples of these choices include choosing between high ridership numbers or expanded coverage; requiring riders to transfer or creating an incredibly complex system; or making people walk further to bus stops or have them closer together, slowing down service with more stops.”

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