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Ever Got Stuck Behind a Metrobus Blocking the Right Lane?

Bus Bay

As I contemplated switching lanes to get from behind a bus about to stop during my morning commute, this thought came to me: why is it that buses always slow down the progress of traffic in the far right lane? 

It’s almost like that lane is being held hostage temporarily — you can’t drive behind the bus without being paranoid that it will stop literally at any moment.  

Since bus-only lanes aren’t always feasible, isn’t there a solution that would allow traffic in that lane to flow as freely as the other two lanes?  The answer is yes — a bus bay would be an easy fix to this problem. 

I’ve seen bus bays around the Washington, D.C. – Baltimore area, but why aren’t they used at every bus stop, considering this area is heavily congested with automobile traffic on a daily basis? 

Not having them creates delays for those frustrated drivers who get stuck behind buses at bus stops only to watch the other two lanes whiz on by.  A road rage inducer for sure. 

Just wanted to share a quick thought…what do you think?

  1. me
    October 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Being behind a bus is annoying. Since everyone knows it’s going to stop people are fighting to get in the next lane before the bus stops. Okay that makes the situation more interesting (dangerous). The bus bays would also prevent people from getting into accidents because people don’t want to stay behind the bus until it takes off so they creep intto the next lane without accurately judging traffic. I’m down with anything that keeps traffic moving.

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