Comment 107838

By Pxtl (registered) - website | Posted January 15, 2015 at 13:41:05

One important thing I've been noticing: people keep saying that consistency was the big win for the TOL. But at the same time, buses were stuck in the International Village snarl just like auto-traffic. That means that, on the balance, buses must made up the losses in the IV when traveling in the TOL. I mean if auto traffic lost 5 minutes in International Village, then logically bus traffic should too. But it didn't.

Which speaks quite loudly: fix the IV traffic trouble and the bus-lane will show real performance.

The more I think about it, the more I like Mayor Eisenberger's HOV plan - if we make it HOV, then we can extend it right to Eastgate and run it on Main too. Realistically, completely removing a car travel lane from the International Village isn't feasible at this point - ditto two on Queensdale. But an HOV lane? That would allow enough car traffic that it shouldn't truly strangle things (and if it does, it's the fault of drivers for too many single-occupant trips). An HOV lane end-to-end for the city would be a good compromise, and if we give into Whitehead's belief that we don't need a full TOL until 2000 riders, then it's a simple switch on that day to say "the HOV lane is now TOL".

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