Originally Posted by SnyderBock
That would be what I'd call BRT. But instead, it's going to be shared lanes (HOV/HOT lanes) with automobiles. From what I can tell, buses will have to leave the dedicated lanes, merge across all free lanes, exit on the ramp and pull off the highway to the station. I don't see how this can be upgraded to the full BRT plan originally visualized for US36, unless the HOV/HOT lanes are converted in to pure dedicated BRT lanes. Only then, will buses be able to have stations in the actual dedicated lanes (without leaving the highway via exit ramps), without having HOV/HOT automobile traffic pilling up behind the buses when they stop at each station.
Agreed, but, we are in the middle of hard economic times...
The keys, IMO, to sharing bus lanes with POVs would be:
A) The POVs should pay a toll to share the lanes.*
B) near stations, the left lane in each direction, should be for buses only. Therefore platforms should be the center of the dedicated lanes, not on each side as shown in the illustration posted by LAM. If the dedicated bus line is to be 2 lines wide, the roadway needs to be 4 lanes wide at stations.** The inner 2 lines should be seperated from the outer lane by concrete blocks.
C) More economic designs will be very noisy for the waiting passenger- but that would be the inevitable consequence of sharing roadway with POVs.
D) No trucks with axle weights over X should be able to use the toll way- cars and pickups only
*Toll road exits and entrances should not be at or near BRT stations. Entry/exit ramps should be of the "H" pattern, with the East West leg part of an overpass. Tolls should be flat rate, and, yes, use people to collect too.
**6 lanes combined width would be even better, as the POVs could then pass one another going through BRT stations.
Becoming a poorer nation does not mean that public transit solutions cannot be developed that work for the future. Rather than worry about metro-Denver's place in the world (hey, in the 21st Century world we're small potatoes), concentrate instead on practical solutions based on what has already been done in poorer countries.