bigredmed wrote:Without making the center of the city connect to the eastern half's bus system, you encourage car use given that cars become the default means of transportation. If the city could build a series of express buses that would interlock with loop neighborhood buses (reliably), then a guy could ride the loop to the junction of the loop to the express bus, and then ride the express bus to the destination directly, or via a subsequent loop.
For example, a loop could be built to start at 120th and Blondo that would go east to 108th and Blondo then down 108 to the Old Mill area, then east to 114th, south to Pacific, then west to 120th, and back to Blondo. It could connect to a Pacific street based or Dodge street based express route at 120th. This would connect to the rest of the routes via the Westroads.
This bus route could service the offices in Old Mill north, south, and west, and the Miracle Hills offices/businesses, the apartment complexes at 114th, 120th, and along Blondo. It could provide walkable service to most of the area south of Burke, north of Beveridge, and the houses between 114th and I-680.
In other words, a lot of taxpayers see some benefit for the cost of a couple of buses.
Assuming the times worked out, on days when we am in one place, My wife and I could easily ride such a bus to work from my area of the city using such a loop system. So could lots of other people in my area.
Other areas of the city could then be plotted out and attached to the loop/express system as needed.
Currently, the bus system pretty much ends at 90th street for full service and extends to Oakview for a single express bus. I think we need to focus on a city wide sustainable system rather than a cadillac plan for one part of the city.
Actually, there's a route that serves almost all of what you just described. Â Its the 22 and it serves All of Old Mill, Miracle Hills, North Park and the Blondo Street corridor. Â It starts and ends at Westroads Transit Center. Â Now, there currently is an express bus that could be used to do what you speak of, except it only runs a few times during the weekday rush periods. Â I actually thought of a way to extend that express route to serve farther west and to the airport, and also expand the service hours and frequency. Â This would only require six buses which Metro could get by reducing service on route 2, 16 and the current 92 (since this express bus would cover the areas that these buses already do). Â I made a schedule and a google map of the route that I also posted to the Omaha Alternative Analysis.
This bus would run every 30 minutes all day except evenings/nights where it runs every 1 1/2 hours. Â The bus only stops at the time points on the schedule to keep it a fast moving route. Â The biggest perk would be the ability for west Omaha to use this bus to get directly to popular areas of downtown like the Old Market and Centurylink Center, as well as the Airport and the bus runs late enough for people to stay downtown till the bars close.http://goo.gl/maps/QVF5