Here’s a bit of a streetcar opening round-up:
- The PI has a summary for those who haven’t been paying attention, they also talk about development and how the streetcar is good for business.
- Not everyone is so excited. Apparently Bicycles are protesting the streetcar because it hurts them.
- Please journalists, I emplore you, stop using the Streetcar named desire joke. Oh and the SLUT joke is tired, too, bloggers.
- Apparently, the monorail would have opened Saturday if magic, Santa Claus, GI Joe and unicorns got together, solved the inheritent technological, financial and organizational problems, and the bozos in charge could have actually got it out on time.
In other transit news:
Community Transit and Everett Transit are jumping on the BRT bandwagon with a “trainlike” (rofl) bus-service on 99 from Aurora Station in Shoreline to Everett. They have a nice map and describe BRT as this region thinks of it:
Sleek new, articulated buses will operate on a 17-mile corridor along Highway 99 — which in Everett becomes Evergreen Way and then Rucker Avenue — using automated ticketing, special lanes and signal priority at busy intersections to streamline trips. Buses are to arrive at stations every 10 minutes.
Yup, sounds like normal buses. Though I do laud Snohomish for increasing transit service up there. The program should be in affect by 2009.