USE THE WRONG LANES TO RIGHT ART? That suggestion comes from dragonlady25252, who emails, “There is a very simple solution to the bus system on Central. I know that the buses in use have the doors on ‘the wrong side,’ so we have to get millions of dollars worth of new buses.
“So, have them drive in the direction that would have the doors on the correct side. There are dedicated lanes for them, so there should not be a traffic problem. People are used to oncoming traffic. Therefore, the problem is solved and ART can get going now! How come nobody has thought of this solution?”
Actually, I did hear from at least one person in the city administration who had the same idea. That person was told that in addition to the confusion that would ensue from putting eastbound traffic in westbound lanes (and vice versa), the signals are not set up to handle traffic traveling in the wrong direction, so the buses would have to weave in and out to line up with signals at intersections.
WHY ARE THEY SWIPING COPPER? Helen says in an email, “In reading about copper thieves causing so many street light outages, I wondered why copper is so valuable to thieves. Is it a limited resource?”
It’s limited in that it, like other metals, is mined. It’s a resource in that, according to a check of prices online Friday, you can get around $2 a pound for it, compared with 30 cents a pound for your aluminum cans.