Today is the day, the bus mall is opening up! I've heard so much positive vibe about this I'm honestly somewhat surprised. Everytime I've gotten on a bus in the last 2-3 weeks I've heard mentions of the bus mall opening. As the date has gotten closer even more exuberance has bubbled up.
A couple chatted about the time they'd save when they come downtown to shop, since the bus mall is better aligned to all the stores they tend to frequent. Another couple discussed how nice it will be to eat at sidewalk seating without the buses coming by directly on 3rd & 4th. Another person was talking about how much further from their work they'd have to get off, but they didn't mind and would be happy to walk the extra block. They followed up that statement with, "but it'll be nice that the bus will actually get through downtown faster so it'll actually be faster even though I have to walk further".
Also the jaywalkers have been getting ticketed and other "Darwin Effect" prevention officers, as I call them, have been out in force trying to get people to realize and know the bus mall will have traffic en force starting this work week.
Overall the negative vide that everything is going to wreck into everything and pedestrians and cyclists will be crushed by LRVs has died a silent death. Now that people have seen the LRVs running back and forth for a few weeks now, and they've started seeing buses back on the bus mall, the worries have drastically subsided. I'm in that camp myself, as there is still vast potential for wrecks and death, it is a lot less than I had imagined. The final judgement will be when operations start this week and the work week resumes after memorial holiday.
I'm pretty stoked, how about you?