There are plans to lower the number of train cars being added and reduce the size of the maintenance and storage garage.
But, this meeting was more than that. It felt like a referendum on the LRT as a whole. A community clearly has had enough.
The speakers talked about how they were promised a concrete wall to protect them from the noise of the LRT, but then administration said it wasn’t feasible because of the utilities in the way. Administration said that the forecast is that Twin Brooks will have 1,500 passengers per day.
A recent survey of residents saw nearly 60 per cent of Twin Brooks residents write in that they didn’t want the LRT station built in the neighbourhood. It wasn’t a question on said survey, but more than 1,000 residents felt strongly enough to write it in the comments box.
Pretty well each of the petitioners started their speech off the same. They support LRT as a whole. They support the Heritage Valley North station. And that, by scrapping Twin Brooks, couldn’t the City use the saved money to keep the Heritage Valley station above ground, and expand the Park and Ride as planned?
Administration said funding is tied to a project that has both Twin Brooks and Heritage Valley North. The residents asked for the City to renegotiate.
The City said car, truck and SUV traffic delays will only be a matter of seconds because of the LRT. Resident after resident suggested that they don’t believe the City’s numbers on noise, traffic or LRT adoption.
“The prediction of traffic delays is not reliable because of everyone’s experience over the past couple of years along the Capital line,” said Twin Brooks resident Joy Yan. “We have the responsibility to ensure that this project creates a positive effect for future generations.