Originally Posted by Qwijib0
Pretty sure that the current thought is that added third lane could be repurposed for BRT and eventual streetcar use if traffic volumes hold. There's already a transit lane past country club so even if it's mixed-traffic to there afterward it would be have its own ROW, which sort of makes some sense because you would (in theory) have more density near downtown so the time between stops could remain consistent even if the distance between them was not.
If they're going to eventually use the road for streetcar (or better yet Light Rail), I wish they'd just put the tracks in now. The last thing we need is to disrupt traffic and spend millions of dollars on a widening project for a couple years then turn around and do the same thing again 20 years (or less) down the road (pardon the pun). It will cost more now to do the rails than it would just to do the road, but it will save money in the long run over having to tear up the road, add the rails, and then have to rebuild the road.