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Where to Prioritize Buses Next

Advocates in New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle are pushing for more transit and pedestrian priority, and less car-centric streets, as a wave of high-profile projects capture national attention.
October 20, 2019, 5am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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After the New York City Department of Transportation converted a section of 14th Street in Manhattan to a pedestrian-friendly, bus prioritizing, car-lite complete street, advocates in the city started pushing for more of the same on other corridors in the city. A few days later, New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg was on the record saying the pilot project could provide a template for more busways. An article by Kevin Duggan in the Brooklyn Paper offers a few suggestions.

In San Francisco, the same day the city approved a plan to block cars from Market Street to prioritize transit and pedestrians, county supervisors were going on the record with their willingness to study the concept for more streets in the city. Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez reports the responses of all 11 supervisors to the idea.

Finally, in Seattle, the city has been flying under the radar a little bit because it's been stopping short of blocking cars from streets, but the city has built out a wave of bus-only lanes, with fresh paint to demarcate the bus priority lanes, around the city. Doug Trumm write to recommend the next nine potential routes that could benefit from the same treatment.

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Published on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 in Brooklyn Paper
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