I agree with you! Viewing the BRT as two lines would be much better. As we’ve said, what downtown looks like to make it an integrated system is hard to imagine. What I don’t want to see is downtown become a choke point for the system but rather a seamless place to get on and off.
At a high level, I see servicing the two bus stations as “complicating things.” The west street extension (tunnel) is probably needed for this plus there will be an uphill battle in the political arena to convert a lot of streets for BRT-only (this will happen) and let the sky fall when we take away parking spaces.
I THINK the advisory committee wants to see the best plan put forward. Now is this plan one that will pass the politicos, not sure, but lots of ideas are on the table including having two BRT lanes on one street so that buses can go in both directions.
For me, I’d like to get to know the users and the most typical trip types. A 1/4 mile walk is terrible for a transfer but if the system remains speedy and frequent because of that, that might be a tradeoff.
More to come on this and I expect in 2019 for there to be lots of chatter of BRT through downtown.