New Dedicated Bus Lanes on Georgia Ave. Begin Service on Monday, April 11th

Georgia Avenue Bus LanesThe new dedicated bus lanes on Georgia Avenue from Florida Avenue (south) to Barry Place (north) are finished and scheduled to be activated on Monday, April 11, 2016 (more information at Georgia Avenue Bus Lanes Project Web site).

Only transit buses, tour buses, charter buses, school buses, active passenger service taxicabs, bicycles (NO pedicabs), paratransit service vehicles and authorized emergency vehicles are allowed to travel in the bus lanes.   Driving in the bus lanes is restricted for all other motorists, unless making a turn at an intersection or driveway.  When making turns, the motorist is allowed to enter the bus lane 40 feet prior to turning.  Parking is also restricted within the bus lanes while they are in operation.  The dedicated bus lanes will be in effect Monday – Saturday between the hours of 7:00 am to 10:00 pm.

During this time, DDOT will conduct a study of traffic through the corridor prior to installing a red, high friction surface treatment to further delineate the bus lanes. DDOT’s construction management team will be visiting with the local ANCs (including ANC 1A on April 13th) and community organizations as well as performing door-to-door visits of businesses within the project corridor to spread the word on this upcoming change.

A red, high friction surfacing will be added to the Georgia Avenue NW Dedicated Bus Lanes in late Spring 2016 to further identify them.

Unauthorized parking or traveling in the bus lanes, aside from making turns, can bring a $200 ticket.

 

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2 Comments on “New Dedicated Bus Lanes on Georgia Ave. Begin Service on Monday, April 11th”

  1. K Says:

    I hope they enforce it otherwise because I don’t see cars on that stretch respecting the bus lane when traffic is backed up. Lower GA has some of the most aggressive drivers around.

    I imagine this will now be a really tight squeeze for cyclists

  2. Angry Parakeet Says:

    I’m waiting to see this work. I don’t think it will based on K’s true observation of driver mentality around there and then also being a frequenter of 7th Street by Gallery Place – the “dedicated” bus lanes are a joke. Fine idea, but … I think a better use of policing would be stopping all the U-turns that GA Ave drivers love to make.


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