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Re: Will Queens Bus Redesign really speed things up?

Posted by WMATAGMOAGH on Sun May 12 19:15:47 2019, in response to Re: Will Queens Bus Redesign really speed things up?, posted by BrooklynBus on Sun May 12 11:20:25 2019.

We've been through this before.

Speed kills. The likelihood that a pedestrian hit by a car (regardless of fault) goes up significantly as vehicle speed increases. Now you want to eliminate traffic control devices that make it safer for pedestrians to cross streets and for cars to enter major arterials as well?

An oversupply of parking also causes congestion, especially if that parking is free or people are conditioned to expect that parking to be free. Making it harder for people to park increases transit use, decreases rents, and provides other benefits to society.

You complain about increased congestion and unreliable bus service, but then oppose the ideas that would solve those issues, especially the latter one. FWIW, I've noticed no significant change in vehicle speeds when I've driven on East 79th Street since bus lanes were installed there. If anything, traffic moves better with fewer car lanes because there is less merging at intersections as cars try to get around vehicles waiting to make left turns. Travel times on the M79 have decreased and the service is much more reliable as an SBS route than as a standard bus route. Maybe NYCDOT and the MTA are on to something...

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