|Just one moan I'm talking back to today.|
"Do something about the $179 tickets that they're handing out to people who drive in bus lanes. The police park in the bus lanes, the vendors park in the bus lanes. Everybody parks in the bus lanes, everybody uses the bus lanes, except the buses." - No city
This is just another example of Cleveland making its downtown inhospitable. The perils of traveling downtown -- traffic cameras, bus lanes, Euclid all torn up -- pile on top of the normal perils of parking and panhandlers. I understand that when the Euclid Corridor Project finally opens, they will be cracking down on jaywalking over there. I have no idea and I won't have any idea, because I avoid Euclid now, and I will be avoiding Euclid in the future. I have no business over there, there is nothing to do over there, and when the bus line opens, I probably won't even know about it, because I have no reason to travel over to Euclid, let alone travel along Euclid.
Someone I work with was complaining about the bus lanes yesterday. She drives in from the west side, and from what she tells me, traffic bottlenecks and backs up where the bus lanes begin -- while before, the traffic was much smoother and faster. It makes me wonder of what benefit are these bus lanes.
Some urban planner somewhere probably thinks that converting car lanes to bus-only lanes, jamming up car traffic in the process, will encourage the use public transportation. But that assumes that people would rather travel downtown by any means than simply move their offices out to the suburbs where they can drive less encumbered, not to mention park for free.
The fine of $179 is especially onerous. Especially for people who don't travel downtown very often, who will be unfamiliar with the bus lanes, and then confused by them. Nothing will discourage people from venturing downtown like getting slapped with a $179 fine for travelling in the wrong lane along Superior.
Now, are buses not using the lanes, as this moaner states? I can't say that I've seen buses in the car lanes while the bus lanes remain open. But I haven't been watching, and I don't drive down that stretch of Superior very often. I work downtown, yes. But anymore, I get out when I'm done working. Hanging out downtown just isn't what it used to be.