Brian S 
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Re: “New bus route meets opposition from Old North End

This article has several factual errors. Here are just a few: 1) The previous route on Wahsatch was 60 minutes, not 30 minutes; 2) The reasons given why ONEN objects to the plan are not correct; 3) Some elderly and people with disabilities are negatively affected by moving the bus route away from the amenities on Wahsatch Avenue. Some people have to resort to stealing grocery carts or take a cab. Why isn't the Independence Center concerned for the people they are supposed to be protecting? 4) The main reasons listed on the ONEN website are safety issues of placing buses on an overloaded residential street, and that doing so violates the ONEN Master Plan and City Ordinance intended to respect our residential streets.

The ONEN Bus Plan, which keeps a direct bus down Cascade while returning a local bus down Wahsatch, improves the bus system for people who need to reach the local amenities while maintaining a 15-minute bus service to points north and south. Most of all, it respects that Nevada is already busy and dangerous enough without adding buses to the equation. 15 minute service is only lost for the 1.4-mile stretch through the residential area.

15-minute service is an attempt to attract choice riders at the expense of conveniences for those who need the bus to survive. ONEN is not against 15-minute service, but it does not work through our neighborhood because it keeps the bus away from local amenities and makes an already deadly residential street even more dangerous. There have been four fatalities in the last 4 years on the 1.4-mile stretch of Nevada Avenue through ONEN. We think the City should be making this residential street (that passes 1/2 block from Steele Elementary) safer. There has already been one bus-related accident on Nevada in the 2nd month of service.

I am the ONEN Transit Committee Chair. If you are willing to reprint this article as an objective piece of journalism, please contact me to get the facts. Readers should know that this is an editorial piece and only tells one side of the story.

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Posted by Brian S on 07/13/2016 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Old North End and Colorado College urge city to "safety size" four main thoroughfares

Special treatment? FYI, what spurred this plan is pedestrians getting hit by cars. Are you saying that "rich" kids don't matter? It took the city several years just to extend a school zone one additional block on Nevada past Steele Elementary. There still is no crosswalk at this intersection. Besides, we are not asking for anything that was not already successfully done in other residential neighborhoods in the city. The traffic counts support it. What do you have against safety? Regardless, I see no special treatment. If anything we are fighting for equal treatment with other neighborhoods in the city.

Regarding the street cars ever going down Nevada, this would be privately funded, which means it probably won't happen unless our downtown has a much needed revival. This would be good for downtown similar to other cities who care about their towns and their history. If it ever got the support it needed, one thought was to continue it up Nevada to the UCCS shopping center to help connect this school to downtown. I'm not sure what the reaction would be by Nevada residents. Probably mixed.

I guess you are part of the "Keep Colorado Springs Lame" camp. I for one actually think we can improve our city, whether it's our downtown, our historic Old North End, or any of our neighborhoods. I am for connecting all of our neighborhoods with pedestrian and bike access and this plan is a step in that direction.

8 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Brian S on 04/17/2016 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Old North End and Colorado College urge city to "safety size" four main thoroughfares

North Nevada Avenue was a state highway until October 1, 2007. By formal agreement with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), North Nevada Avenue is now a City street. CDOT design and access requirements are no longer applicable to this section of Nevada Avenue.

I-25 is the major north-south corridor a few blocks west of Nevada. A single lane in each direction is sufficient to carry the current volume on Nevada with the exception of the Uintah intersection. I drive Nevada daily and strongly support this plan.

12 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Brian S on 04/14/2016 at 11:10 PM

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