Brio stops in the middle of the block

Several of the recent comments on the blog have been about the incidence of jay walking on Mesa street.

Have you noticed that many if not most of the Brio stops are not located at street corners thus requiring riders to walk some distance before reaching an intersection where they can legally cross Mesa.?

Is this a contributor to the number of times people jay walk?

Why don’t the police ticket people who cross the street illegally?

We deserve better

Brutus

5 Responses to Brio stops in the middle of the block

  1. chucogeek says:

    If you had taken an interest in the Brio design process you would know that the goal was to put the stations as close as possible to intersections, BUT it wasn’t always possible due to the difficulty in acquiring the land needed for the stations from the property owners. Thanks to feedback from residents and businesses on the routes, the City was reluctant to pursue eminent domain in order to get the land. That led to our ending up with some stations pretty far from the intersections. I have an interest in transportation so I’ve attended a lot of public meetings and spoken to the City folks involved and I can tell you that most of the stations are actually fairly close to intersections and that those intersections were also improved so as to facilitate crossings by adults and children, as well as able-bodied and disabled people.

    Personally I thought the City should have looked at smaller stations from the beginning, but the feedback that the City received from the majority of residents who decided to get involved in public meetings was that they wanted nice shelters with plenty of seating and shade etc.

    I don’t think you can say that “we deserve better” when most of the residents who voiced opinions at the majority of the public meetings wanted pretty much what they got.

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  2. Old Fart says:

    Since Mesa has 3 lanes in each direction, if the BRIO stops were immediately at the intersection corners, should a driver legally elected to ‘turn right at a stop light, that means the driver would be turning into the center lane.

    Yes, I’ve also noticed the unsafe jay walking problem, plus I’ve unfortunately been in the right lane directly behind a BRIO bus during one of its stops.

    It seems like the BRIO can be criticized from multiple directions.

    For me the bigger concern, as with the new street cars, is are both of these public transit modes meeting the ‘ridership projections’ that justified the initial building and transportation expenditure.

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  3. anon says:

    The location of the Brio stops is absolutely a factor in jaywalking. Sit at the Big Lots near the intersection of Resler and Mesa and watch people cross back and forth between the two Brio stops, sometimes dragging small children. The planners had to have know this would be a problem or they are idiots or both. Writing jaywalking tickets on Mesa would be like shooting fish in a barrel, no patrol car or fuel required. Laws are unenforceable when the police knowingly turn a blind eye and when tickets are allowed to go unpaid.

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  4. Rico Suave says:

    AGREE with Anomymous

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  5. Anonymous says:

    The city POLITICIANS won’t even put Police on the streets. How do they have Police to ticket jay walkers? Police in El Taxo are a “Reaction Force” ONLY. They “React” when they are called, “911” and even then, how long is it? The POLITICIANS, City of El Taxo REFUSES to pay OUR Police, Firemen or fund their Retirement Funds. As a Retiree, I can tell you that, you can drive around the city all day, any time and never see ONE Patrol . East, West, North East, Central . And the worst part of what THEY do to US, is the same is true in School Zones. And Sub-Station parking lots are filled with Patrol Cars. And yet these POLITICIANS can, do blow-off MILLIONS$$$, BILLIONS$$$ on their other “Stuff”.

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