The BAT lanes on 15th Ave have generated lots of controversy since they were implemented in early 2009. This morning Magnolia Voice reader Bruce Carter took these pictures of the commute coming into the city and notes that the BAT lanes are often empty while cars are backed up.
He writes: Are these photos typical of our morning commutes? Are these commuters happy? Is this the best way to move people and commerce? Do Mayor McGinn (684-4000),City Council Transportation Chair Tom Rasmussen (684-8808), Vice Chair Jean Godden (684-8807), and Committee Members Tim Burgess ( 684-8806) and Nick Licata (684-8803) know how much commuters enjoy McGridlock?
How much have the 15th NW/ Elliott commute trip times and greenhouse gas emissions changed since introduction of these glorious BAT lanes? There are occasional scheduled Metro buses and bicyclists who inhabit the BAT lane, though bicyclists who are not training for the Tour De France seem to prefer the waterfront trail past the grain terminal.
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