Regional LRT officials are urging that Kitchener councillors and taxpayers give rapid transit to unacceptable street-design plans for inner-city stations.
This means — because of unrealistic, rushed deadlines — they are trying to ram poor quality urban design down the throats of residents and city councillors who were recently impressed with attractive, futuristic LRT design illustrations promoted at Ion public meetings.
An example of poor design?
Ugly hydro sub-stations planned beside LRT stations including those proposed at Grand River Hospital, Borden Avenue and Charles-Cedar Streets near Kitchener Market. The prefabricated sub-stations, each measuring 50 x 16 feet, look like a cross between portable toilet trailers and cargo shipping containers.
This week, council unanimously supported my motion asking regional officials to find ways to improve the appearance of sub-stations. Ion boosters will also be asked to examine how other cities improved sub-station design and then discuss results with affected community groups.