In-line Stations are Essential for Optimum Rapid Transit System Function:

- 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.