UTTRI associated faculty Professor Shoshanna Saxe, Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Infrastructure, comments on the anticipated impact on the Cambridge community of the loss of a direct bus route to Toronto – and how to reduce that impact.
Saxe says that it’s “vital to have connections between Canadian communities that aren’t dependent on cars — for equity, the environment and the economy.”
Currently there are no other similar direct services from Cambridge to Toronto.
Saxe states that while planning for longer-term solutions, it’s necessary to act quickly to offer alternatives to driving:
“… while changing how land use is managed and building a GO train line is key, that takes time and something must be done in the meantime.
“In the short term we can use things like buses and dedicated transit lanes — by reallocating existing road space to high capacity bus routes — to rapidly connect people and communities (this can be done on the scale of months).
“This kind of rapid effective investment in public transport/mobility/connectivity is crucial for building a sustainable society.” – Shoshanna Saxe
Read “‘This city just became more isolated’: Cambridge man says loss of Greyhound to GTA kills valuable connectivity,” Cambridge Times, May 31, 2021.