Time to give this project
a thread. Anyway, the LSJ was reporting on the five-day charrette, today, and this section had me very confused and I'd like to see if you guys can make any sense of it:
The main idea culled from the sessions: Dedicate the two existing lanes of eastbound traffic along Grand River Avenue in downtown East Lansing to the bus transit line. The median would remain largely intact and an additional lane would be added to Grand River mostly from the south side of the avenue, allowing for four lanes of eastbound and westbound motorist traffic.
If I'm reading this correctly, the westbound traffic lanes north of the median through downtown EL go entirely untouched, with the entire BRT line (two dedicated lanes in each direction) switched to the existing eastbound traffic lanes south of the median. An additional auto lane is carved out (I assume from part of the sidewalk) to replace an eastbound traffic lane taken by one of the dedicated bus lanes, which seems will be partially carved out of the existing left turn lane in the median.
What has me confused is how in the world does the eastbound BRT lane function with this set-up? Since now only the westbound BRT lane runs against the median, does this mean eastbound BRT buses have to cross into the westbound BRT lane to get to the stations? Doesn't this decrease safety quite a bit? Or, is it implied that another smaller median is built in one of the existing eastbound auto lanes for eastbound stations? Anyone see what I'm getting at?