when they were building it from scratch, the idea was that the SSL's would make the stops with the el making only a few stops, when the money ran out, they truncated the trolleys at juniper, and stopped the el more often. 12th st would provide more rational spacing and as hammer mentioned, would be RELATIVELY cheap but like many problems, I don't see how they could justify the expense when they still lack ada compliance at so many stations (among other problems). the benefit of closing one station, then, probably isn't worth the hassle so, as you point out, you have a setup that isn't ideal and not how'd you'd plan it, but there it is, and the cost of changing it isn't worthwhile. it makes up for the stops on the west side of market though.
Originally Posted by raider.adam
cc buses are maddeningly slow. it isn't even the stops, traffic on chestnut is awful. chestnut and walnut are the last streets I'd put a bus at rush hour. and if I have any complaints about the el it's the awful headways off peak, particularly at night.
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