Boston Bus Lane Made Permanent
A month-long experiment with a bus lane in Boston is going permanent. The Washington Street temporary bus lane, which is demarcated only with orange cones, saved bus commuters a lot of time. During rush hours, commute times shrunk 20-25%.
Multiple bus routes travel this road. Before the dedicated lane, buses had to pull in and out of traffic. By removing street parking on one side of the street, the buses now travel in the part of the street next to the curb. "The city won’t wait for permanent markings and signage to reinstitute bus priority each weekday morning from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m," Angie Schmidtt writes.