New priority bus lanes for the CBD
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|Released: 31/10/2012||Send to a Friend|
Priority bus lanes will be installed on Anzac Highway and West Terrace to further improve bus movement into and out of the CBD.
Transport Services Minister Chloё Fox and Adelaide Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood today announced the latest priority bus lanes, which are expected to be operational by the end of November.
“We want to build on the success of the priority bus lanes implemented in Currie and Grenfell Streets in July, which benefited more than 40,000 bus commuters,” Ms Fox said.
“Preliminary data shows that the on-time running of bus services travelling to and from the eastern and western suburbs, the Hills and the O-Bahn, has improved since the lanes were introduced.
“The State Government is committed to providing commuters with an efficient and reliable public transport system, which is why we want to give priority to buses which carry 30 to 40 passengers as opposed to cars which carry one or two people.”
The new priority bus lanes will be installed in both directions along the section of Anzac Highway from Greenhill Road to South Terrace, and northbound only along the section of West Terrace from South Terrace to Gouger Street. They will operate between 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday.
The Council will also take the opportunity to implement new dedicated bicycle lanes next to the priority bus lanes on the section of Anzac Highway, between Greenhill Road and South Terrace.
Mr Yarwood said using public transport can save people time and money.
“More people on public transport will help ease traffic congestion so those who need to use their cars are not spending time stuck in traffic,” he said.
“Buses account for about 70 per cent of public transport trips into the city and move a lot of people so helping them to run smoothly and reliably makes sense.”
Taxis, emergency vehicles and cyclists will be able to use the priority bus lanes.
Other road users are advised they cannot drive in a priority bus lanes except when:
● Entering or leaving a road (for example another road, private property or parking area)
● Overtaking another vehicle turning right
● Making a U-turn from the centre of a road Avoiding an obstruction
In undertaking these manoeuvres, motorists can only travel in the lane for 100 metres.
Once the priority lanes are operational, a three-month education campaign will be conducted as motorists adapt to the changed traffic conditions.
For more information visit http://dpti.sa.gov.au/infrastructure/major_public_transport_projects2/bus_priority_lane_project
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