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Test drive: Prep begins for bus travel on shoulders of SR 14 in east Vancouver

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 16:16

Bart Treece, WSDOT communications, 360-905-2058
Christine Selk, C-TRAN communications, 360-906-7314

Test drive: Prep begins for bus travel on shoulders of SR 14 in east Vancouver

Pilot project allows C-TRAN buses onto shoulders during peak congestion

VANCOUVER – People who ride C-TRAN buses on State Route 14 between Interstate 205 and Southeast 164th Avenue will enjoy a more reliable trip during certain busy travel times later this year.

As part of a cooperative pilot project between C-TRAN and the Washington State Department of Transportation, C-TRAN buses will be allowed to use the shoulder when travel speeds drop below 35 mph on the brief stretch of SR 14 beginning this fall.

"Bus on shoulder operation is an economical way to make highway transit service faster and more reliable," said Shawn M. Donaghy, C-TRAN Executive Director/CEO. "Its success in other cities shows that bus on shoulder improves travel time and efficiency, and we look forward to seeing the same result in Clark County."

"We have a great partnership with C-TRAN and share a common goal to keep people moving safely," said WSDOT Regional Administrator Kris Strickler. "This simple, low-cost pilot project can demonstrate how to make the most of our available roadway."

Running buses on highway shoulders is not a new concept. Practiced safely for years in other states, it's currently in use in Washington on Interstate 405 in Bothell. Only licensed, professional bus drivers on fixed routes can use the shoulder lane. In the event of an emergency that blocks the shoulder, buses will merge back into the general-purpose travel lanes.

Nighttime road work

Restriping work this weekend will temporarily reduce both directions of SR 14 to a single lane between I-205 and Southeast 164th Avenue nightly from 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. from Friday, July 21, until Sunday morning, July 23. This work is weather-dependent and may be rescheduled due to rain.

What to expect

After the summer months, C-TRAN will train their drivers to safely merge in and out of traffic during congested times before the project begins later this fall. Signs will alert non-transit drivers that buses may be traveling along the shoulders.

This $50,000 project is funded jointly by C-TRAN and WSDOT.

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