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Your proposal is unclear. What exactly do you mean by "three or more lanes." Define a lane. Is the parking lane that's used for rush hour service one of the lanes you're counting?

Let's say you're talking about a roadway with a total of 6 lanes, curb-to-curb. Under your scenario, the outer-most lanes will be 24x7 parking. The next lanes in will basically be bus priority lanes, since buses will stop in them to serve passengers at the bus bulbs. And the center lanes? Clogged by people turning left.

It's hard for me to see the drivers winning in this scenario, but I honestly have no problem with that.

Your assumption that the streetcar will come in and obviate peak-period bus lanes is very naive. Streetcars are economic development devices that are not at all intended to replace the current bus system (except maybe the Circulators). We'll still need high quality, rapid surface transit, and the only way to do that is to give priority on the roadways to our fastest and most flexible mode: bus.

by michael on Jun 11, 2010 12:10 pm • linkreport

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