Considering all the activity along the West Street Corridor that is underway or planned, its hard to imagine this two lane road being able to handle the incoming traffic. The folks at the Planning Department rightfully see West Street developing into a bike / pedestrian friendly corridor with BRT, but how? Those traffic engineers who prioritize automobiles over all else must be laughing at the thought.
Here’s a graphic I made to illustrate all the new activity that will drive vehicle traffic. Imagine thousands more residents living, working, and shopping along West Street, along with the influx of visitors heading to Union Station or the new city parks who travel into downtown on West Street once the street extensions to Wake Forest Road and under the Boylan Wye are in place.
Ensuring West Street develops into a bike / pedestrian friendly corridor is going to require some new thinking.