Wednesday, December 1, 2021

City council members want alternatives to BRT on Capitol Square and State Street

“My intention of this amendment is to ensure that the city council should be the decision-making body of route design and that this amendment helps us staff work for alternative routes around the Outer Ring and outside of State Street, and to make it easier to work with the general public.” brings back in. Council for approval,” Abbas said. “By doing this it creates transparency and provides an opportunity for the community to give input to the council and elders.”

Rhodes-Conway criticized the amendment.

“Everyone in the Common Council says they support the BRT, but it looks like a clumsy attempt to stop the project, not only negatively affecting the most marginalized people in our community who rely on the bus service, but also affects the many visitors, shoppers and commuters who want to reach the city via fast, sustainable and convenient public transport,” she said.

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“I hope this amendment doesn’t destroy something we’ve worked on for so long, and with so many people in our community, to create,” she said.

In a memo in response to the amendment sent to all council members on Friday, Metro general manager Justin Stuhrenberg said employees have “significant concerns” about the language of the amendment and its potential impact.

“At best, this amendment creates significant confusion and uncertainty about how to proceed, as well as conflicting directions for council staff,” he said. “In a worst-case scenario, this could delay the project indefinitely and potentially put it at risk altogether.”

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