Light Rail Supporters: LRT is at street level, which is more accessible for passengers with wheelchairs, strollers and shopping carts.
FACT: Street-level operation doesn’t make LRT “more accessible”.
- Rapid Transit service isn’t less “accessible” unless riders are actually missing trains due to time required to access stations.
- To access on-street LRT stations in the median, riders must wait for a green signal to cross vehicle traffic.
- In that time, riders may miss a train and will have to wait for the next.
- Frequency between trains will be lower on an LRT system, resulting in longer wait times for the next train.
- SkyTrain stations wrongly implied to be inaccessible (all stations have elevators and accessibility features).
The maximum time required to get on a SkyTrain can be less than the time required just to wait for an LRT to show up.
Myth #9: LRT is easier to access because it is at ground level