Monday, September 24, 2018

New Rapid Bus Route Could Mean Permanent Lane Closures on Second, BB King

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 3:20 PM

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One lane on both a portion of Second and BB King Boulevard could soon be dedicated solely for bus traffic, as the city prepares to introduce its first bus rapid transit (BRT) system.

A Memphis City Council committee will vote Tuesday on whether or not to allow for one transit-only lane southbound on Second and one northbound on BB King between Union and A.W. Willis.

The BRT route would run along Second, BB King, Poplar, and Union, connecting Downtown to the University of Memphis. No transit-dedicated lanes are planned for Union and Poplar.

Under state law, closing a lane for transit use has to be approved by both the local governing body and then the Tennessee Department of Transportation commissioner.

What are your thoughts?

Does Memphis need a rapid transit service from Downtown to the University of Memphis?
Yes, that's a great idea.
Maybe, I'm on the fence.
No, funding for it could go to more vital routes.

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