Monday, September 10, 2012
BRT construction impact & ridership
Here's a couple of more arguments for Charlotte BRT that I feel hold water...
Imagine you're driving towards downtown on West End around 7:45am on a weekday and the BRT project just broke ground a few months ago...how's the commute? Little sluggish? Well maybe you'll just pull into McDonalds here and grab a biscuit...wait, can you get over there? Argggghhhh!
Now imagine that you're driving downtown on Charlotte around 7:45am on a weekday and the BRT project just broke ground on Charlotte a few months ago....oh wait, you don't drive down Charlotte to get downtown?
Let's face it - the impact on traffic and businesses will be far greater on West End than on Charlotte. Charlotte has fewer traffic signals (between White Bridge & 13th Ave), fewer vehicles traveling on it, and fewer established businesses that people frequent.
And let's talk about ridership...
Here's a list of west side neighborhoods a West End BRT would directly service:
• Cherokee Park
• Richland/West End
• Hillsboro/West End
A list of west and north side neighborhoods a Charlotte BRT would directly service:
• West Meade (northern portion)
• Beacon Square
• Charlotte Park
• White Bridge
• Sylvan Park
• Sylvan Heights
• College Heights/Clifton
• Watkins Park
• Hope Gardens
Which route do you think would produce the most ridership?
I don't know if we have a chance of changing the plan - I doubt MTA is going to listen to some blogger. But if you think this is a solid argument, then let them know about. Spread the word and help this idea build some momentum - get Nashville talking about BRT on Charlotte Avenue!