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RE: [carfree_cities] Orange Line in the SFV

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  • Andrew Dawson
    ... This thing reminds me of the busways in Ottawa, basically a still born rail project. They could have at least used trolley buses for it. Take care, Andrew
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 8, 2005
      Claude Willey wrote:
      >Yes, the Orange Line did open last week and the new system had about
      >11k riders per day.
      >That was, of course, with the television media's spin on the problems
      >associated with the confusion at intersection crossings.
      >Seems two cars in one day ran into the buses. And, as many of you had
      >probably guessed, the one driver was on her cell phone. The cameras
      >caught her.
      >The television news media didn't even question that the motorists were
      >at fault or that motorists need to be more aware of these new
      >high-speed buses. Critics claimed
      >the buses shouldn't be silver or that there should be crossing-arms
      >used at other MTA rail crossings.
      >This type of system works quite well in Curitiba, carrying 1.3 million
      >a day in a city where there is 75% car ownership.
      >
      >At present, the new high-speed Orange Line buses are moving slower, as
      >they've been instructed, and taking unanticipated precautions at the
      >intersections. The line also has a new 14-mile cycle path running
      >alongside the route, but I'm not sure if you can take bikes aboard like
      >you can on the other MTA rail lines.
      >
      >I hope to ride it next week. Unfortunately it doesn't help me go
      >anywhere I usually go, but it seems to be helping lots of others.
      >
      >--Claude, car-free in L.A.

      This thing reminds me of the busways in Ottawa, basically a still born rail
      project.
      They could have at least used trolley buses for it.

      Take care, Andrew
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