Traffic getting worse due to bus-only lanes, not due to lack of public transit choices. Encourage walking and biking.
The growing economy has enabled vehicle purchases for those who would not normally be able to purchase vehicles. This is NOT bad.
We should be focusing on increasing walking/biking around the city for the 2/3's of the year it is a perfect option, not on increasing public transportation. My frustration lies in ever increasing taxes to fund public transportation including fancy, wonderful (and mostly empty) bus stops and buses. Now we have to pay a consultant $100,000 to tell us why people are not riding buses? I will let you in on a little secret, the economy is good so ridership will be down. Continuing to close traffic lanes to make bus-only lanes will exacerbate the problem not help. Of course, we need public transit, but we are not Chicago, LA, Detroit or New York City and it should not be a competition to become like them. We need a Grand Rapids solution to a Grand Rapids problem not to emulate a larger cities program. To me this means more parking garages, not parking lots, five plus story tall garages on the outskirts of the city. Park and then walk or ride a bike the next mile or so you need to go. For those that can't walk or bike smaller vans/buses could be used to shuttle people in. Parking garages within the city should be two to three times more expensive to use to encourage people to park on outskirts of town. In actuality in ten years or less it will be shared or city-owned driverless vehicles shuttling people in anyway!