How is it a question whether we will implement full time lanes on day one following a full reconstruction of Hennepin Avenue which will include a $60 million bus rapid transit upgrade? This is an easy one. You have to marvel at the commitment of some to fuck this up.
If anyone out there has a personal connection to our new Public Works director Margaret Anderson Kelliher, please get this information to her. She doesn't seem to realize the 7th Street full time lanes ALREADY exist.
Video from Thursday's committee meeting: "There is actually no place — and I know that we will probably still be the first — even if we get there in 2 years or 3 years, we will be the first place to have full-time dedicated bus lanes in the Metro Transit system."
If you didn't watch last Thursday's meeting, there was a great moment in "oops I thought we'd arranged for you to retract your enthusiasm for full-time bus lanes." Metro Transit rep does not say what Council Member Koski expected her to say.
Council Member Chughtai: "Using the word 'support' feels like a little bit of an exaggeration... It doesn't say we think you should do that, it says if that's what you choose to do, here are some things we need from you in order to make this work."
When someone fights hard for something with all their heart and soul to overcome conventional wisdom about what the right thing to do is, it sends a message about what they really believe. We've got some people at city hall that really believe in kneecapping this bus lane.
All 15 Minneapolis members of the MN House and Senate: “We support inclusion of an all-day dedicated lane... Schedule interruptions & delays will suppress ridership, & is tantamount to forcing the route to fail, the effort & resource it took to create it will have been wasted.”
Chughtai: bus service is "the single largest tool for equity that we have" when it comes to the Hennepin reconstruction. Majority of local riders are people of color. 64% of riders make less than 35k/yr. 83% of trips outside peak times. 1 in 3 Black households don't own a car.
Chughtai: improving bus service "is critical for building for the future that we need now. We're talking about a street that's not going to open for another four years from now..." When it's suggested we wait another 4 years, "We're talking about 2030. That's unacceptable."
In conclusion and in summary, if you don't implement the full-time bus lane on day one following the Hennepin reconstruction (still four years away), I will go on and on about it forever. I will not get over it. It will be the grudge that fuels me until I die.