Committee No busonly lanes in BRT proposal

first_imgA citizen committee signaled Thursday that it’s not interested in pursuing bus-only lanes on any part of a proposed bus rapid transit line in Vancouver.The Corridor Advisory Committee helping shape the idea indicated last year that dedicated bus lanes wouldn’t work for Fourth Plain Boulevard, where the bulk of the system would run. On Thursday, March 29, the group appeared to agree that Fort Vancouver Way near Clark College isn’t a good fit, either. College officials and project consultants worried that reducing car lanes would put too much of a squeeze on traffic and parking at the busy campus.But several questions remain unanswered before the group makes a recommendation to C-Tran and other local leaders this spring. Committee members still haven’t settled on which lane the enhanced bus system should run, or how far it should stretch east of downtown.“My opinion is, let’s go as far as we can — as long as we can do it right,” said committee member Jennifer Halleck.Bus rapid transit works by combining several upgrades into a revamped bus system designed to move passengers more smoothly and reliably. Features include larger vehicles, raised boarding platforms and specialized traffic signals. Other BRT systems have used dedicated bus lanes and fixed “guideways,” though that doesn’t appear likely here.last_img read more