Dedicated bus lanes are typically applied on major routes with frequent headways (10 minutes at peak) or where traffic congestion may significantly affect reliability. As on-time performance degrades, consider more aggressive treatments to speed transit service. Agencies may set ridership or service standard benchmarks for transitioning bus service to a transit-only facility.1
Lanes may be located immediately at the curb or in an offset configuration, replacing the rightmost travel lane on a street where parking is permitted.
Bus lanes may have complementary effects with other bus rapid transit elements, such as off-board fare payment and transit signal priority.
See Lane Width
“Improving Route 120,” Metro Transit, accessed May 30, 2013.
Bus Rapid Transit Service Design Guidelines (San Jose: Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, 2007).
Adapted from the Urban Street Design Guide, published by Island Press.