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Designing Streets and Signals for Transit

In too many cities, buses spend too much time waiting – for lights to turn green, or to merge back into traffic from a bus stop – and even more time stuck in traffic among single-occupancy vehicles. The efficiency of public transit relies on street design that prioritizes it. Strategies such as bus-only lanes, transit signal priority, and bus bulb outs help speed up bus travel times and create a reliable, fast service. Furthermore, since every transit rider is also a pedestrian, designing streets that work well for transit requires integrating pedestrian-scale features, wide sidewalks at bus stops and transit stations, and a safe, attractive public realm. In this panel, hear from experts working to improve transit service and rider experience through thoughtful street design.