I want to thank all the people who went to the rally, especially those who took transit. Last week, commutergirl and I both expressed skepticism that much would come of the rally, since it portended to contain a lot of finger pointing and not many solutions. That many of the attendees took transit greatly mitigates my skepticism. However, I hope everyone involved realizes that one rally still isn't a solution--it will take persistence and sacrifice on the part of everyone, not just UTA, not just factories, not just the governor, etc., etc. to clean up the Wasatch Front's air.
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I got an email from a friend of mine who lives in Northeast Provo regarding this meeting, from which I quote with his permission.
Some perspective from myself as a resident. I feel like a few people living on 900 East have organized and recruited neighbors to their side, but they do not represent our neighborhoods. 900 East is a major artery in East Provo. It doesn’t divide any neighborhoods. Choosing Option 6 takes away convenient and efficient transit service from the residents of Indian Hills, Pleasant View, Rock Canyon, Oak Hills, and Tree Streets neighborhoods; not to mention the Marriot Center, MTC, Wymount Terrace, and Heritage Halls. It takes out 2 homes, costs $10 million more, and will result in less ridership. That is if, after going back to the drawing board, redoing the Environmental and Design Phases, and applying for local, State, and Federal funding again that those dollars are still available. Provo City Council should choose Option 4 - the recommended, convenient, efficient, funded, ready option.
I think this puts it very well. While the Provo residents who oppose the bus going down 9th East are entitled to their opinion, I can't help but think they greatly overestimate the negative effect of running a bus where a bus is already running. The benefits of this BRT line far outweigh a few residents' mild discomfort (personally, I would find it discomforting to have my neighborhood invaded by parallel parkers during every single BYU game ever, but maybe that's just me), and I would hate for a few residents to undo all the hard work that has gone into this project.
So if you have the chance, come out. And stay tuned. Transit is here to stay.