Bring Back 4 Lane Roads that have been replaced with 2 lane roads
Back in 2012, most of the Austin surface roads were 4 lanes. Now they have nearly all been reduced to 2 lanes with center turn lanes.
Bus stops were left in their originally engineered positions, however after a reduction from 4 to 2 lanes, this is having unintended consequences. Austin residents should demand their 4 lanes back from this 2 lane blunder in road modification. Revert these roads to how they were prior to 2012, and you will gain 50% more throughput. This video shows the bus blocking the only through lane, thus causing cars to have to pass into the double yellow lines. Bike lanes are perilous on major roads!
On the left, 2012, showing 4 lanes of through traffic... 2019 on the right shows a 50% reduction in through lanes with only 2 through lanes and a center turn lane.
Back in 2012, many of Austin's formerly 4 lane roads were reduced to 2 lanes with a center turn strip. Not only has this reduced throughput by 50%, but the bus stops were also left in their original positions, so now you have a hazard where buses are blocking intersections as cars are forced to pass a bus in the center turn lane while the bus stops for passengers or to take a break.
Please revert all the lanes back to 4 lanes. These roads were designed as 4 lane roads by the original engineers for their capacity, so having reduced them in spite of more use is a blunder that must be undone in order to get back to the capacity they used to handle. These backups are causing air quality issues in neighborhood areas that used not to have these problems. Dedicated turn lanes with signals cause unneeded light cycles that used not to exist prior to 2012.