Bus priority: build it where we need it, on every route

It's a typical day in any business district. Lots of people are out shopping, eating and walking around. But getting there is made difficult as buses are delayed by all the cars that show up. If we really want to improve bus travel, we have to solve problems like this. Short of banning cars entirely (great!), charging significantly higher parking prices (perhaps the real cost of providing parking spaces) is a required first step to reduce the number of car trips. Then we can strategically remove parking spaces in certain spots to create "queue jump" lanes to allow buses to skip the line. Instead of putting all of our energy into nicely branded BRT lines -- typically only getting bus lanes where they aren't really needed -- we should fix problem spots like this one on every transit route. image