Bus On Shoulder Program Starts Today

Jul 16, 2012

Some Triangle bus riders won't be slowed by heavy traffic thanks to a pilot program starting today. 

Gurnal Scott: The Bus on Shoulder System, or BOSS, is up and running in 12 other states. Triangle Transit is working with the state DOT to find the best way to keep buses moving when traffic on a section of I-40 in Durham County slows down or stops.

Brad Schultz:  One of the things that frustrates transit riders the most is delays in traffic and when they cannot get to their location on time.

Brad Schultz of Triangle Transit says bus drivers have gotten classroom and road training on when to make the call to use the emergency lane.

Brad Schultz: Based upon the weather conditions..based upon the traffic conditions and based upon the best judgement of that operator.

The state DOT will evaluate the BOSS program in October, and could expand it to other metro areas.