2725RE: [carfree_cities] Bus Rapid Transit
- Mar 5, 2001Ryan Lanyon replied:
>I think you mean at grade stations are cheaper to build. I disagree withRight. Grade separation is almost essential. And I hope we agree
>your argument that bus-only stations would be at-grade. If the system was
>entirely built at grade, then it would not provide rapid transit. Take the
>downtown core, for example, where the buses do run at grade. It provides a
>slower service because of the need to stop at crossings. Grade separation
>speeds up the system, and has nothing to do with modal choice.
that the only direction to go is down, never up!
>I think this is really a planning failure, not a failure of a bus-onlyThis is what's wrong with taking the easy way out: building rapid
>system. Baseline Station is a very large transfer point, where local routes
>feed into the rapid transit system. Unfortunately, there is a six-lane
>arterial on one side, and a large parking lot on the other. Pedestrian and
>cyclist traffic abounds, but there are still no services or transit-based
transit systems down the middle of freeway meidans. It's quick
and cheap, and the stations are anywhere near anything useful.
>Again, the choice of mode for rapid transit does not affect this. If a railWell, if the area is dense enough (a la Manhattan), it has ONLY rail.
>system exists, it still has feeder bus routes. In Toronto, numerous buses
>feed into the Finch subway station (not just from the north), so the entire
>public transit network still reaches into the cul-de-sacs and reduces the
>amount of active transportation.
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