Wednesday, August 29, 2007

What does the EmX and the Hollow Road/Pioneer Parkway roundabout have in common?

Robin's commentary

The LTD EmX project is about to invest another $38 million into LTD's pet bus line which service is expected to begin in 2010.

I got to thinking about the overpriced bus system which is funded 80% by the Federal transit administration, 15% by "connect Oregon" in 5% by LTD match{LTD.org}--, and having the experience of trying to navigate through the roundabout during heavy traffic, which is an experience in itself, I began to wonder about how the Pioneer Parkway roundabout system will work LTD's EmX.

Although on the LTD web site, they have a map regarding the route... they do not indicate whether or not the "bus lane" will go through the roundabout itself, have a special lane through the roundabout, and/or some sort of traffic control device, which of course would defeat the whole purpose of having a roundabout.

I still have to ask the question that if the only advantage really to the EmX is that it has its own special bus lanes, why not just have the LTD fleet use the new bus lanes and save $800,000 per bus?

5 Comments:

Anonymous Gary said...

Robin -- You have missed the point of the EmX buses. They look cool and they are free to ride (when you get on, not on April 15) so it has to be good for us. As for the traffic circle, my family had it's first close encounter there. My daughter was driving our car and a lady was in a hurry to get somewhere. She bumped my daughter and then sped off. My daughter came home and we called Springfield police and they transfered us to Lane County sheriff who took the information over the phone. No real damage to our car (full-sized SUV) except a little of the other car's paint on the bumper. I guess no harm, no foul. May all your close encounters in the traffic circle be the same as ours.

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