BUSTED RAPID TRANSIT:The ‘optimized, dedicated bus lanes’ plan blends two proposals from a team tasked with reviewing the troubled Bus Rapid Transit
Date: Mar 24, 2015
By: Su Ching-feng / Staff reporter, with CNA
The problem-plagued Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Taichung, launched in July last year,
is to be abolished after Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) yesterday announced that the BRT lanes would be replaced with “optimized, dedicated bus lanes” starting on July 8.
Lin made the announcement at a city administration meeting.
He declined to describe the move as the “abortion” of the system, instead calling the city’s existing system “stillborn,” as BRT buses do not possess exclusive road rights or priority traffic signals, and the BRT traffic control center cannot communicate directly with the buses while they are on the road or at its stations. [FULL STORY]