The future of Robson Square should include a design solution that integrates a vibrant public space with transit. As Gordon Price’s guest writer Peter Marriott has written, “closing Robson Square to transit means perpetuating the current route, with only a minor improvement, and it means perpetuating poor transit connections.”
I agree. The route through Robson Square serves an important geometrical role, and it should remain in order to provide necessary transit connections. I also believe that a vibrant public space and good transit are not mutually exclusive, and integrating both into one space is entirely achievable.
In fact, designing transit for Robson Square would put it in the league of some of the following cities:
(Yes, these examples are all rail, and maybe that’s part of the solution.)