Cincinnati to Experiment With Downtown 'Bus-Only Lane'

Cincinnati will launch a new bus-only lane as a pilot project on Main Street in downtown. It's the first project of its kind in the city.
October 21, 2018, 11am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Main Street is getting a bus-only lane in Downtown beginning in mid-November," reports Cameron Knight from Cincinnati.

The plan for the bus-only lane comes with some caveats, however, that leave the new lanes far short of the "bus rapid transit" threshold. "The far right lane will be designated for buses during the morning and evening rush hours," according to Knight, Regular traffic will be prohibited from 'traveling continuously' in the far right lane of Main Street between Fifth Street and Central Parkway, but vehicles will be allowed to turn right at Seventh Street and into and out of parking lots from the bus lane."

About 635 Metro buses travel on Main Street between Fifth and Central each weekday, with about 90 using the right lane to stop and pick up passengers, according to the article.

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Published on Thursday, October 18, 2018 in Cincinnati Enquirer
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