Why couldn't you have the best of both worlds? Center running will speed up transit times and reduce issues with blocking streetcars with parked cars etc. Even if you are not commuting, why should it take longer to just go a few stops? KC has streetcars, not light rail, so it's more scaled to the urban locals, not commuters anyway, but I would still try to get as much of the line in dedicated ROW.beautyfromashes wrote:^ And that’s where my opinion differs from most of yours. I want streetcar for development of Midtown first and as a commuting option second. Those who don’t live in Midtown want a quick run through the neighborhood to get to a restaurant on The Plaza or First Friday’s or Sprint Center. I understand that viewpoint since that is what would be best for your particular use. I want more stops and better access to, hopefully new, shops and bars/restaurants in Midtown because this benefits my use.
I think they should do something very similar to what they did on Euclid in Cleveland for their BRT line. Reduce Main to two through lanes, have center lane tracks and stations (should also allow for larger stations) and you would still have room for a bike lane and possibly curb parking in some areas.
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