Every U of C student ever has said this, 100% correct. It's a nonsense story of competing jurisdictions (City and University) getting in the way of the obvious answer. You'd think since almost all the money for the university and for the LRT came from the same source (Province) they'd at least attempt integration at some level rather than the classic property-line build limit for each party without even considering working together beyond that.@Surrealplaces is right about the potential of station refurb. If every station had 4-corner, straight line (not sawtooth pedestrian bridges) connectivity at both ends of the station it could really save an unpleasant <200m walk in many cases and make certain destinations feel much closer to the station.
For instance, imagine if UofC station simply pointed the stairs in the direction of the path. Suddenly an "800m walk to the station" begins 20 m farther west.