Sunday, October 26, 2008

Bus Rapid Transit without buses

SF progressives have already given us luxury housing as an answer to our affordable housing shortage (Chris Daly, Aaron Peskin, Ross Mirkarimi with the Rincon Hill highrise condos). City progs have long supported the bike people's anti-car agenda. Will they now rally behind bike blogger Peter Smith's anti-bus cause?

Buses are big, ugly, and dangerous. BRTs make big, ugly, and dangerous buses move faster. As a cyclist, that fact is not comforting. I might be more than a little bit interested in seeing what we can do to get rid of buses altogether. They’re part of the transportation mix right now, and we’ll probably have to live with them for at least a little while longer, but we should do everything we can to make them less dangerous to pedestrians and cyclists---whether they are part of a BRT system or not.

The bike people want to radically reduce the use of automobiles in the city, and now they want to eliminate the "transit" in Bus Rapid Transit in a "transit first" city?

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