Add “bus stops” to the list of concerns regarding the Government Street “road diet,” as some nearby business owners worry the numerous Capital Area Transit System stops along the busy thoroughfare will worsen traffic once the four-mile stretch between downtown and Lobdell Avenue is trimmed from four lanes to three.
Amie McNaylor, CATS communications director, says the agency has been exploring plans to mitigate traffic congestion along Government since the “road diet” project was announced. Among its plans: eliminate some bus stops along that corridor, based on ridership levels, and consider “bus pull-in stops,” which McNaylor says could lessen traffic backups.
Of the roughly 60 CATS stops along Government, McNaylor says about 15 have been identified for possible removal, though the number is subject to change.
“We have been in discussions with the city-parish Department of Public Works to identify potential improvements to bus service that can be made,” she says in an emailed statement.
Also, CATS is exploring several locations where it can develop enhanced transit stops, featuring amenities such as custom shelters, seating and trash receptacles. McNaylor was unable to provide a cost estimate for the pull-in locations or enhanced stops prior to this morning’s deadline.
Development of the enhanced stops will begin “after roadway construction has reached a point where it is safe to do so,” she says. That might take longer than expected, as “road diet” work is running significantly behind schedule.