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The existing, dedicated bus rapid transit (brt) routes should be made accessible and safe to pedestrians and cyclists.

They could also be used for restricted access to motorists during high traffic times and/or events.

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Pittsburgh is a very unique city with regard to its construction and geography. A lot of the busy neighborhoods are clogged with cars and cyclists during high traffic times and it can become really inconvenient and even unsafe. Meanwhile, BRT roads already exist and take up so much real estate that could be more effectively utilized. Perhaps there can be hours during which they are restricted and other hours during which they are flexible for other purposes. Maybe they can be extended to have a section for cyclists. I also think there is potential for the BRT roads to be used for autonomous vehicle testing and research that will eventually encourage investment and reduced liability for the city.


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They absolutely should not be opened to other vehicles. The busways (at least the Easy Busway, which I take frequently) are super convenient and fast, and adding other cars will make it worse and keep us from being able to add more capacity.

There is just not enough room to expand the right-of-way to accommodate cyclists or pedestrians, due to topographical challenges along the busway, plus the railroad right up next to it.

If you want to use the busway, take the bus!

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Good motto Craig. I guess the other way of looking at this post is there aren't enough busses using the BRT - the balance is wrong. A BRT has been assigned without the requisite number of busses to make it a viable choice for that space. If there were more busses there may be more bus passengers, therefore less cars and less general congestion - is that a valid argument?

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There are a lot of buses during rush hour, but not all day. It's definitely a great choice for buses, and many of the buses are crowded. They could still stand to increase bus frequency. Unfortunately the buses get stuck in downtown congestion when they leave the busway. And much of the land surrounding the busway stops could be more built up as transit-oriented development. The areas around Negley Station and Herron Stations, for example, are way underutilized; and they could use one more stop in the Strip (e.g. at 21st St) and perhaps Bloomfield (e.g. Baum) to support the new UPMC developments.
Also, once Healthy Ride expands, I'll be able to get to and from the busway from home super fast from where I live in Highalnd Park (sometimes I take my bike with me but for those times I don't have it, it would be great). Biking to the Busway cuts my commute to Downtown to 20 mins instead of ~30 when I bike the whole way, or 30-35 if I take the local bus the whole way.

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Thanks Craig, good info here.

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