Friday, April 1, 2011
This is a Streetcar stop (also referred to as light rail) in Toronto. Notice some of the cost-savings measures:
1. Bus shelter is IDENTICAL to that of a TriMet bus shelter.
2. No schedule information or even much signage - just that little cylinder item.
3. No art.
4. No crosswalk/pedestrian safety improvements.
5. The "platform" is extremely minimal - just enough space as is needed for people to stand.
What's not pictured is that they also used rebuilt 1940s/1950s era PCC cars, not new-build cars. And that concept works - San Francisco has an entire streetcar line that runs nothing but "heritage streetcars" and is among their most popular routes; they can even get away by charging a surcharge to ride it!