Date: 2017-06-02 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] skyyy
- Deliveries to bfresh and other places could happen late at night or early in the morning. Large delivery trucks are probably the most disruptive kind of traffic, so it makes sense to push them to off peak hours rather than trying to accommodate them through the pedestrian space. Having that traffic there at night also addresses the area feeling desolate at night.

- Bfresh already doesn't have quite as good bus access as it seems. If you live north of the square and take the 96 to bfresh, on your trip home you still have to go to the T station on your way home. This would let the 96 and 87 stop at Elm+Grove, (200ft away, much closer than the T station), in both directions.

I am thinking about less extreme options.

- I don't think time-based closures would work, since you still need eastbound traffic to go on Highland, so that doesn't make anything simpler.

- Perhaps (in order from north to south) buslane+floating bus stops+car lane+parking/loading+2-way bikes might work. It doesn't get sidewalk space, but does make the street feel safer.

A lot of the benefit of the extreme version is that the splat becomes way smaller. Like, half as big. And that makes it simpler, slower, and safer. Trying to maintain easy access to Elm for cars+buses all day means that the splat has to stay as a big expanse of pavement.
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