The CenterLine median stations are safer for pedestrians, allowing
them to make North-South to East-West connections without crossing
traffic lanes. Ramp stops will increase substantially the number
of pedestrians required to cross traffic lanes. This is unsafe
for pedestrians and further degrades automobile traffic operations
of these intersections at the neighborhood level.
Moving the BRT stations to the ramp side of the freeway (literally
- sidelining- the system) eliminates any transit priority for
the BRT through Mid-City. SANDAG's own studies have shown repeatedly
that the in-line station configuration maximizes transit operation
efficiency and improves potential ridership numbers.
Ramp stops require that the BRT vehicles must cross surface
street traffic, further degrading the level of service of traffic
in our neighborhoods. Either the BRT will have complete signal
priority, which will further back up these interchanges at street
level, or else they will be delayed and fall short of the operational
efficiency that is required. SANDAG's own studies represent
that ridership will decrease in this scenario.