Steve Geller 
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Re: “AC Transit GM Quits

Not having heard any substantive objections to the work of AC Transit GM Armijo, I can only conclude that his resignation was compelled by some petty personality conflict with a board member. I'm an active rider of AC Transit and I think service is generally very good. I like the Gillig buses, the fuel cell buses and the Clipper cards. I don't like petty politics.

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Posted by Steve Geller on 03/28/2015 at 11:56 PM

Re: “Bus Rapid Transit Is Not a Done Deal

BRT not a done deal? Sure, that’s true. It’s a big project and affects many groups of people. It requires careful planning and getting groups together to deal with the difficulties.

I get very weary of people who claim that AC Transit is ignoring objections and mindlessly pushing a pet project without much regard for the public interest. I was especially annoyed by the minister who blustered about complaining to the Feds if his issues were not dealt with.

If anything, AC Transit has spent too much time stroking each and every interest group. I’m afraid that the BRT will be studied and compromised until it becomes unworkable.

If the BRT service is not faster and more reliable that current bus service, it will not attract enough new riders to justify its cost. BRT is not a gift to people like me who will ride buses anyway. BRT is not a gift to the disabled, who can use Paratransit if riding buses is too onerous.

BRT is a gift to people who clog our streets with their cars.

The prime purpose of BRT is to get a substantial number of cars off the roads by motivating the drivers of those cars to become transit riders. If this does not happen, there’s simply no point to building BRT. There’s no need for it because the present buses, especially the Rapid lines, are the best that can be done.

I have scant sympathy with BRT opposition based on loss of on-street parking spaces, or not wanting to give the BRT a bus-only lane. If BRT is really going to succeed in weaning drivers from their car habit, then implementing the BRT definitely should make car driving less convenient and more onerous.

All the other issues I see raised, for example center vs curb, traffic speed, allocation of bus stops and lane access for emergency vehicles, can be dealt with by negotiation and careful planning, but they are SECONDARY to making sure BRT motivates enough car drivers to become bus riders.

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Steve Geller on 05/11/2012 at 10:25 AM

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