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Some interesting thoughts in this piece; however, I think BRT is great, especially for mid-size cities that might not have the incentive for the more expensive option of rail.

In my hometown (Nashville, TN) they are about to build the city's first BRT line. The route will have dedicated lanes and will travel through 6 or 7 dense miles in about 15 minutes because the traffic signals will prioritize bus movement. Doing a streetcar or light rail would have cost three times as much, according to the city's analysis, so BRT was a much more politically and economically feasible option. For a city like Nashville, this is an awesome development.

You write, "Wherever you build lanes that cars could use, car drivers will want to use them, and will exert political pressure to do so." Do you think this will be the mentality in DC when the streetcars are up and running? I've long thought the streetcars are absolutely useless without dedicated lanes.

Also, FWIW, comparing any US city to an Indian city isn't really fair. We are having growth in our urban cores, but the Indians are bursting at the seams!

by MJ on Jul 12, 2012 11:03 am • linkreport

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