While the Board (hopefully) reviews the Pike Streetcar in light of the $100 million cost increase, here are a few ideas for more immediate and cost-effective ways to provide better bus service:
1. Paint a dedicated lane (in effect only at rush hour) for Pike Ride buses.
2. Enact rules for the new Super Stops that require passengers – other than the disabled and elderly – to use only the front door to board and use only the rear door to alight.
3. Adding “bendy” or articulated buses to the route as envisioned by the Board-funded CPTI to increase capacity.
4. Technological upgrades to the timing of the traffic lights on the Pike to decrease the time that buses sit in traffic.
5. Investment in a reliable, social media-based Pike Ride system in the model of the excellent team who rock the ART Alert Twitter feed.
6. Direct-to-DC weekend bus service. No reason that riders in N. Arlington – who already live on a Metrorail line – should have this type of route (38B) and S. Arlington has none.
8. Expanded bus service to address late-night bus overcrowding (addition of an additional 16G departure is a great first step.)
9. Publicized collaboration with other elected leaders to consider bus lane/traffic upgrades at the Pentagon.