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More Bus Lanes Coming to the Nation's Capital

Three new stretches of street will prioritize bus traffic in Washington, D.C. in the name of faster service and social distancing.
July 14, 2020, 6am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"D.C. is getting more bus dedicated lanes as soon as later this month," reports Nathan Diller. "One will drastically change flow in a popular and traffic-dense area in Chinatown."

The "Car Free Lanes" program, as Mayor Muriel Bowser and city officials are calling it, will use red paint to block cars from entering bus lanes on three stretches of roadway in the District: 1) 7th Street NW between Massachusetts and Pennsylvania Avenues NW, 2) Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE between W Street SE and St. Elizabeth’s East Campus, and 3) M Street SE between 10th and Half Streets SE. 

"According to DDOT’s website, the lanes will also help reduce crowding on buses, allowing for social distancing," explains Diller. Just last month, the District started construction of a new bus lane on 14th Street NW.

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Published on Thursday, July 9, 2020 in DCist
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