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This is a particular danger with the Montgomery County BRT plan, if it is implemented by building new lanes rather than repurposing existing lanes.

The county task force recommends (on page 74 of its report) that buses run 3 to 5 minutes apart in rush hour. Drivers will be sitting in traffic jams next to the empty-looking bus lanes. (On roads where traffic runs freely, there is no point to building new bus lanes.)

What will these drivers say about an empty lane next to them with one bus passing every five minutes? If heavily used bus lanes are endangered in a city where only 20% drive, what will be the politics in Montgomery? The pressure to allow cars on these lanes will be irresistible.

by Ben Ross on Jul 12, 2012 10:33 am • linkreport

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