Cities are taking the slow and challenging path to build rapid bus transit networks when they could be painting lanes, banning cars, and letting traffic sort itself out later.
Take Minneapolis-St. Paul. The Twin Cities started building eight rapid bus routes that will crisscross southeastern Minnesota in 2016 — and they won’t be done until 2026.
That’s 10 years to create eight routes — far too long for Gopher State residents to wait to get to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul more quickly. It doesn’t have to be so hard, experts say.
Putting up “No parking” signs and painting red bus lanes can take a week. But political will takes longer, making bus rapid transit anything but rapid.