BRT Roundup: ‘It Would Probably Be Like Rush Hour All Day’
The 30-day comment period on the Ashland Bus Rapid Transit ended Friday.
But the debate over the controversial plan is not over. A handful of stories on the Ashland BRT have popped up in the past few days and here’s a brief rundown.
First up, WBEZ’s Chip Mitchell does a great job of covering the issue. He starts with an interview of a veteran rider of the Ashland bus who says bus transit times have been increasing over years and he’d enjoy the benefits of BRT which have been touted by the CTA.
But then Mitchell rides shotgun with Dan Andrews making deliveries for Kennicott Brothers, a flower wholesaler. Andrews explains to a surprised Mitchell the drawbacks of reducing traffic to a single lane in each direction and how eliminating many, if not most left turns will force his company’s trucks onto neighborhood side streets.
“It Would Probably Be Like Rush Hour All Day”, Andrews tells WBEZ.
This segues into a piece, at Gapers Block entitled “Ashland Bus Rapid Transit Woes” which primarily interviews a handful of worried business owners along the Ashland Corridor all who believe they’ll have major problems if BRT goes in as planned.
Then, Our Urban Times has a lengthy and comprehensive piece on recent open house meetings on the BRT organized by the CTA.
Finally, Streetsblog writer John Greenfield takes issue with an e-mail blast 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack sent to his constituents Friday morning, accusing the alderman of being an alarmist and fear-mongering.
“Ashland will be permanently reduced to one lane north and south bound,” Waguespack says in his e-mail. “While several meetings have been held by the CTA, concerns by many businesses and residents in our area included the lack of official notification given to businesses or property owners along Ashland, financial costs, and the impacts to communities adjacent to Ashland.”
Waguespack has been skeptic of the Ashland BRT from when the CTA first began laying out their plans at public meetings over the past year or so.
Here’s Greenfield’s piece, “Waguespack Sends a Fear Mongering Email About BRT to Constituents.”
Make sure you read the comments. There’s always a lot of interesting debate on this issue in Streetsblog comment sections.