As a Provo resident and former BYU employee I know student behavior--when BYU
students (and other bus riders) are running late they do not wait to cross the
street in a crosswalk. Rather, like lemmings they will dart between cars and
cross the street where ever...Since the proposed BRT route is up 9th East,
unless the buses stop at BYU and not on the east side of the street at Wasatch
Elementary School there will be accidents on 9th East and bad behaviors
exhibited to elementary school children. The congestion will be unbelievable on
9th East. A bus route on University Avenue makes more sense.
I don't know what route is best, but BRT is often a very wise option.Other communities that couldn't afford a rail system have
implemented BRT and it has been very inexpensive and more flexible when
population needs adjust or transportation infrastructure changes. It's
much easier to add a bus route than it is to relocate railroad tracks, train
stations, special lights for trains on the streets, etc.Some
communities have dedicated a lane on the interstate for BRT only (so buses
don't get caught in congested traffic). This works well because people
stopped in the daily traffic jams watch the buses wiz past them every day, and
decide to leave their car at home and get on the bus.
This vote is just sad. You have to bring the route along 9th east. No other
route makes sense. Route 4 would be very helpful to the poor students on
BYU's campus who don't have a car. Instead "rich people on the
hill" are making it more difficult for transportation-impaired people to get
about to jobs, work and shopping. All I can say is if you don't want
uprisings from people calling themselves "We are the 99%," don't
"grind the face of the poor" people living in your area.