Bryce Morrison 
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Re: “How exactly will buses work if part of Monroe Street loses a lane? We asked STA

Take a look at the warm-weather photo used in the article, taken by Young Kwak. Try to count how many of the cars are traveling directly next to a car in the next lane. Notice that they are staggering back and forth, and see how they are avoiding scraping the car next to them.

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Posted by Bryce Morrison on 01/13/2017 at 7:10 PM

Re: “How exactly will buses work if part of Monroe Street loses a lane? We asked STA

I would recommend reading the project's documentation here:
https://static.spokanecity.org/documents/p…

The STA portion of the documentation is at the end of the PDF (page 14).

Keep in mind that a bus will travel through the area every fifteen (15) minutes, so you will have a lower likelihood of encountering the 20 second delay. That 20 second delay was studied recently in northbound traffic along Monroe during the 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. time-span. Almost all of the traffic involved passengers getting off of the bus (going home from work). During the study, only one wheelchair exited a bus on that section of Monroe between 4 and 5:30.

The grant application is another incentive for the merging of the northern two stops. The two southern stops are already a high enough volume to qualify for such a grant, and the two northern stops would more than qualify once merged. Most of the riders usually boarding at Frederick would transition two blocks (or a block-and-a-half, considering Euclid) north to Dalton. Those who live just south of Frederick, on Fairview, would likely transition to the stop on Grace.

The information here that is not included in the official documentation was provided by representatives of the STA who spoke at the planning committee.

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Posted by Bryce Morrison on 01/13/2017 at 5:25 PM

Re: “Lane Ends Ahead

From my observation of this development over the past two years, I'm supportive of the plans. All businesses on North Monroe were surveyed as well as invited to a presentation soliciting their opinions. The majority of those who were in attendance were very supportive after the meeting. I'm sorry if those who are now becoming vocal were not in attendance, and feel left out. Of those businesses who responded to the in-person surveys, all of their comments were taken into consideration.
The concern of the Spokane Transit Authority busses blocking traffic has been addressed by the STA at, if I recall, two Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood Council meetings so far. One of the solutions proposed by the STA representative involved prepayment of tickets at the sheltered stations.
The time lost by being behind one of the busses (without ticket prepayment) was also studied, and amounted to about 45 seconds or less (if memory serves without looking at the meeting minutes), which is less than the average delay of a traffic light (120 seconds, from searching online, but shorter for an arterial like Monroe versus a side street).
The traffic on North Monroe was reported to be less than two thirds of the volume that warranted a 5-lane arterial (according to a City representative from about 2 years ago), so one lane in each direction shouldn't cause a dramatic decrease in traffic due to time lost. On the other hand, if it will deter the lead-footed speed-demons that just want to pass through the area at 35-40 mph, good riddance. (Sorry for the offensive comment).
In the article, Snyder was addressing the concern of one particular, vocal business owner who wasn't mentioned by name. That businessman did go the extra mile by attending the meeting between business owners (and managers) and the city officials which took place at the conference room of CSL Plasma. I agree with Snyder in that I never notice that business when I drive up Monroe, so he probably gets his traffic from loyal customers, rather than spontaneous, starving drivers who are traveling in the right lane, slow enough to notice him, and looking off to the right (except to avoid tearing off a mirror).
For the launch of North Monroe's "revitalization," pedestrian safety and the opinions of the neighbors (from two in-person community workshops) were what started the ball rolling, but the City of Spokane already had a concern about the age of the sewage and stormwater pipes that are very old. The street would need to be torn up in order to replace them, and it is financially ideal to have multiple departments work together on a street at the same time (the plumbing below the street, and the sidewalk replacement and lane dividers simultaneously).
On that topic of funding, after a significant amount of the plan was developed, the West Quadrant Tax Increment Financing (WQ-TIF) Committee (I hope I typed that correctly) initiated the matching funding for the redevelopment of North Monroe, because of the long-term benefit it would also produce for the Kendle Yards residents. That was the seed for additional funding. Many thanks to the WQ-TIF for their investment.

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Posted by Bryce Morrison on 07/12/2016 at 3:11 PM

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