Photo and text submitted Andre Pekovich. He sent the same thing to Mayor and Council and will let us know what answer he receives back.
As we speak of transit initiatives, in particular the subway under Broadway, I have to ask myself why the bus system is working so poorly. The B-line is constantly held up during rush hours by cars – some with drivers, some without – occupying the bus lane. and then there are the permanent occupations by developers, who seem to be able to overrule City Hall initiatives anytime they want for private profit.
The construction at 550 W. Broadway occupied the bus lane for the best part of 2 years, causing massive tie-ups of B-line buses carrying tired riders to and from their destinations, while the developer parked construction materials and delivery trucks all day and through the night. Calls to City Hall were met with a singular lack of concern and the statement “Well, they have a permit to occupy that part of the street until (perpetually-advancing date).”
Now it’s starting all over again at 222 W. Broadway. The developer has occupied – with the full permission of the city – a portion of the bus lane with large dewatering storage tanks. These won’t be easily moved, and they’ll be in place til construction’s largely complete some 2 years hence. Clearly the city isn’t serious about moving bus riders around.
Your comments welcome, Mayor and Council.