August 31, 2015


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Mass transit is so last century

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Re: Transitway-route skeptics will need more convincing (Feb. 28). The decision to proceed with the new leg of the transitway indicates last-century thinking. We are in 2013. Where will be the demand for this transport?

The University of Manitoba is still mired in the 16th-century bricks and mortar, cap and gown milieu. At least 95 per cent of its material could be available online if the professorial silliness could be dispensed with. The U of M has not much future, nor does its purchase of the Southwood Golf Course.

A bus arrives at the Osborne Street Station last April.

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

A bus arrives at the Osborne Street Station last April. Photo Store

Further, most "work" now is of the old paper-pushing variety, although it is currently byte-pushing, and very lucrative. Just ask the investment bankers.

There is no need now for this mass transit to work rush-hour thing, other than for office romances. Actual production of goods has been moved offshore (but there will become more problems with that form of exploitation in the future). M2M (machine to machine, reported in another article in your paper) is upon us, and B2B (brain-to-brain) is not far behind.

The argument that there needs to be mass transit to carry people to sporting events is similarly specious. All is soon to become virtual reality.

DAVID HAGBORG

Carman

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 4, 2013 A10

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