I wasn't sure if this should have its own thread, but I have a general question about design considerations of surface transit right-of-ways that run in the median of existing roads. Please merge with another thread if more appropriate.
I usually hear that these ROWs do not remove lanes of traffic. However, consider the following scenario:
Turning lanes usually get backed up into the area where you're not really supposed to drive (e.g. the median on Highway 7 near East Beaver Creek for left turn). If you wait until where the lane actually opens up, most people would not let you in as you are cutting the queue. And I think a lot of the right turn lanes were combined into straight/right-turn lanes in the photos I saw.
Now with the ROW, we haven't removed any through lanes, but traffic will back up since you no longer have that area to wait (not to mention the fully protected left turn signal you have to wait for).
Is this typically taken into consideration during the design?