Mid-City Rapid Bus Project One Stop Closer to Construction

Exactly what community concerns were addressed? When the signs taped to the lamp posts with duct tape, maybe intentionally looking like yard sale signs so people would ignore them, at Park & Polk went up the wording made it clear that the project was going forward and that the intersection was going to be closed to through traffic and at the end announced a community meeting at a time when most people are working or commuting. That is how our community was informed of this atrocious waste of tax dollars. The project serves no useful or legitimate purpose other than to put more money into the pockets of contractors to work on projects that are not needed or wanted. This new bus lane only takes minutes off the trip the bus that now takes that route uses. They would be better off changing the existing route or increasing the frequency of busses with the busses leapfrogging the bus stops to half the number of stops it makes while still providing service to the entire route. That would save more time and would not cost millions of dollars. I believe Todd Gloria is just a mouth piece for the companies that will get the construction contracts rather than of a representative of the people in his district. That money would be better spent fixing the broken sidewalks all over this area of north park, fixing the street light on Alabama Street between Lincoln and Polk that has not worked in over 5 years and I have reported numerous times. As it is the only street light on the entire block we have a very dark block. There are palm trees with dead palm fronds growing over the power lines on Polk between Georgia and Florida Streets; one of the trees on that hill has grown leaning into one of the power line poles. That has also been reported and I got a response from street maintenance saying that they don't consider it an emergency like the brush that was overgrowing the sidewalk on the other side of the street. There are so many more useful and urgent things that need to be done in this area, adding a dangerous lane is not one of them. Perhaps Todd Gloria should actually tour the neighborhood before he decides what projects to support in the name of his constituents.
— February 25, 2012 10:46 a.m.

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