Monday, February 2, 2015

Sometimes PSTA just can’t seem to get out of it’s own way

On my way home Saturday I was driving down 83rd Avenue North. When I got to 9th Street, where there is a light, there were two PSTA buses one on each side of the light on 9th Street.
When the light changed the bus going north moved quickly across the intersection, only to realize that there was not enough room for the two buses to pass side by side.
They kind of got wedged in and neither could move.
As traffic backed up, the bus drivers surveyed the situation, blocked drivers got out to help. For a few minutes things looked a bit hopeless.
Finally with a little help from the public and some careful maneuvering both buses escaped their plight and made it down the road.
There was a small traffic jam but that cleared in just a few minutes.
In the interest of full disclosure, there is some construction at the 93rd Ave. and 9th St. intersection, which has narrowed the lanes.
There was really no harm, no foul and the wedged buses brought smiles to most faces.
The situation does beg the question of whether PSTA should be looking at smaller buses, since both of these appeared to be pretty much empty.
It does reinforce the point that these big buses are well…big. There needs to be a lot of careful planning if we ever really start considering special bus lanes.
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