Integration of road and light rail should be an option for new M17 corridor
Galway City once toyed with the idea of the 'Gluas' but the plans seemed to have been derailed for now. I say revisit the plans but also bring the Gluas north to service the people of Tuam.
INTEGRATION I'm no expert on light rail or the costs involved in implementing such systems. However, I do feel that the option of a light rail system in conjunction with the new M17 Motorway (Galway to Tuam section) should have been investigated further by the Government and the Department of Transport prior to agreeing on a route.
EXAMPLES After living in and visiting different cities across the world that have integrated a light rail systems alongside, or in conjunction with many of their major roads, I really do think that an adaptation of such a system could work well in Galway, and even from Galway to Tuam alongside the M17. It doesn't even have to be as structured or as complex as the Muni in San Francisco or the Transperth Network in Western Australia. Just bring a Luas/Gluas line from Galway to Tuam down the centre of the road or alongside it. Then perhaps link it in with a city system too.
OUR OPTIONS If the people of Tuam and beyond are going to forfeit reinstatement of their section of the Western Rail Corridor to cyclists, then what other commuting options do we have, other than take the car or a badly timed and often skeleton bus service into the already highly congested streets of Galway City.
West is best, so lets link it, love it and grow with it.