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Bus-only 4-eva, says the Mayor:

“With tunnel work coming to an end, this is a tremendous opportunity to improve transit service downtown and help people get where they are going quickly and efficiently,” Mayor Greg Nickels said in a prepared statement Friday.

Bus-only downtown streets are a feature of many American cities, including Denver, Portland, and Philly. Unfortunately, businesses on those streets tend to suffer when cars don’t come down there any more. At least, that seemed to be the effect in Philly when I lived there.

Making it bus-only during rush hour, but open other times during the day, as the Mayor’s decided to do, seems to be the right compromise. The signage will have to get better, though, now that it’s a permanent thing.

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