Comments about ‘Route 4 is the best option to bringing bus rapid transit to Provo-Orem before funding fades’

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Published: Sunday, Feb. 23 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

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The Hammer
lehi, utah

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.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

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.

Marigold
Provo, UT

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.

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