FIRST TEST OF EXCLUSIVE USE OF FREEWAYS BY BUSES STARTS MONDAY

THE FIRST TEST OF EXCLUSIVE USE OF INTERSTATE HIGHWAY LANES BY PASSENGER BUSES STARTS SEPTEMBER 22, ON TWO LANES OF A 4-MILE STRETCH OF INTERSTATE 95 LEADING INTO THE NATIONAL CAPITAL CITY. THESE TWO LANES WILL BE TURNED OVER TO IN-BOUND BUSES DURING THE MORNING RUSH HOURS IN A MOVE DESIGNED TO CLIP 13 MINUTES OFF THE TRAVEL TIME FOR SOME 2,000 COMMUTERS. THE SECOND PHASE OF THE STUDY TO IMPROVE PUBLIC TRANSIT WILL INVOLVE THE ROUTING OF BUSES THROUGH FUTURE CONSTRUCTION AREAS AS THE WORK ON THE SHIRLEY HIGHWAY EXTENSION PROGRESSES. THE THIRD PHASE WILL INVOLVE FITTING THIS INCREASED FLOW INTO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA TRAFFIC AND EVENTUALLY TYING IT INTO THE RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEM. THE BUREAU OF PUBLIC ROADS SUGGESTED THE USE OF THE CENTER REVERSIBLE LANES FOR EXCLUSIVE BUS USE AS PART OF ITS CONTINUING SEARCH FOR WAYS OF MAKING HIGHWAYS MORE PRODUCTIVE. A SURVEY OF THIS STRETCH OF INTERSTATE 95 SHOWS THAT ABOUT ONE-HALF OF 1 PERCENT OF THE VEHICLES ARE CARRYING ONE-SIXTH OF THE PASSENGERS, AND IT SHOWS WHAT A CONTRIBUTION BUSES AND HIGHWAYS CAN MAKE TO THE OVERALL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Fhwa-352, pP 12
  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Highway Administration

    Department of Transportation News, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1969-9-17

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00241251
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 9 1970 12:00AM