The Case For Bus-Only Lanes on Georgia Street

The Case For Bus-Only Lanes on Georgia Street
By Darren Proulx and Samuel Baron

Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 7.57.22 PMAt Slow Streets we believe in quick and effective results that are measurable and observable. We believe in maximizing the utility of current infrastructure stock to achieve more efficient results. The Case For Bus-Only Lanes on Georgia Street  provides evidence that Vancouver’s Georgia Street would benefit greatly from implementing two permanent East and West bound bus-only lanes .

Georgia Street InfograhpicWith only one westbound HOV lane at evening peak hours, Georgia Street is designed to move automobiles rather than people. Buses carrying large volumes of people mix with automobiles, resulting in significant time travel delays. Our report shows that we can move more people by using simple cost effective solutions to reallocate road space on the street, without requiring significant capital or time for planning.

The Case For Bus-Only Lanes on Georgia Street details primary research conducted by Slow Streets. The report also contains a literature review of Bus Rapid Transit best practices and the impacts on travel time in other cities. Slow Streets has also gathered video footage and created a video summary of the report.

The report can be downloaded below or via Dropbox.

REPORT DOWNLOAD PDF:
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2 thoughts on “The Case For Bus-Only Lanes on Georgia Street

  1. Dedicated bus lanes make perfect sense but to sell this to drivers; the remaining car lanes don’t have to contend with left turns onto secondary roads and only allow lefts where there are left turn bays with advanced greens. Then time the lights to match ‘trains’ of cars so that they don’t have to stop and start. Vancouver has only one or two timed lights on the roads which is beyond crazy.

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    1. Hi Sav Man,

      Agreed. It will certainly be difficult to convince drivers of the merits of reallocating 2 (of 6) traffic lanes to buses. This study serves to quantify the benefits of doing so. People do tend to be self-interested, particularly with their transportation choices but in the long term, more dependable, high frequency and efficient transit can actually remove the number of cars from the road (thereby actually improving travel time for cars as well).

      Sam & Slow Streets

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