What I learnt from going to the community meetings is that a lot of residents, especially those who find it hard to drive, or don’t drive, have a hard time traveling on the bus. The buses are limiting their mobility, for a few reasons. The biggest limit is the time it takes to travel from one neighborhood to another. I believe that the station method will help reduce travel anxiety.
I chose the 3 locations for the main stations for a couple reasons. Downtown is where most of the businesses are in the city, and it is somewhere that would benefit from a bus station. Hazelwood Green is poised to be a large business and residential area in the near future. It currently is not very accessible which can make growth slow. Putting a station in Hazelwood Green would help the land locked area become more mobile. If there were a bus station there, developers will invest quickly, and the area will grow quicker. Lastly the east liberty location already has infrastructure (MLK busway) that makes it an ideal third station. East Liberty is growing neighborhood, that has a lot of residents, and a lot of close residential neighborhoods.
Although Oakland has the second most businesses, I decided to pick East Liberty for the station because of the infrastructure, and for the number of residents. Oakland is short bus ride from East Liberty and from downtown.
To answer your questions about bus routes, we will need to re-route some of the buses so that they are servicing the stations and hubs. I would re-route the following buses during the test period. Since they already go close to the proposed stations.
54- Run down center to the Negley station, then back to Liberty 64 -Possibly route through the East Liberty station. Maybe just leave at the Negley station. 87 -When leaving highland park area, make a left on Penn from Negley. Drop off at Penn and center and then go back to normal route. 71A -Coming from Highland Park, make a left on Baum, right on highland, Drop off at Highland and center, and then down center for normal route.
56 -Run to station at Hazel wood Green 57 -Run to station at Hazelwood Green. 58 -Run it down to the station in Hazelwood 93 -Take the 93 down to the Hazelwood station 53- Run to Hazelwood station 53 - Run to Hazelwood station 53l - Run to Hazelwood station
The scoots they are mentioning kind of looking like a ravor scoot that you stand on. The most common one is Bird. With Bird and it competitors, you download an app and then you can see where all the scooters in the city are. You can find the closest scooter to you, and then unlock it through the app. When you are down you lock it with the app, and can leave it anywhere. People in SF are leaving them in the middle of the side walk. SF is working on rules about how and where you can leave the scooters.
What I am talking about is turning bicycles into Hybrids. There are bikes, and kits that people can buy so that they get an electric boost when they peddle. Most of these bikes cost at leak $1500, but they give you the ability to travel faster, further, and up hills without sweating. The one that I posted below you can test out at Love Bikes in Lawrenceville. I took it down Butler and then up the hill to the hospital, made it up the hill without sweating, without standing, and going about 13mph.
I think we need multiple bike lifts to get people from one neighborhood to the next. We have a lot of areas that are divided by hills and make it difficult for people to want to ride. Another option would be a tax credit for people looking to purchase an electric assist bicycle. I took a few of them out for a ride last year and it is a game changer when going up a hill.