07/25/12 151 W, 1 I - + 6 - 6 UPDATED: Here Comes the BOSS

July 25
This has started. What are observations or opinions so far, regarding impact on emergency vehicles that must also use said shoulders? Read recent News & Observer story.

Chris Seward/News & Observer photo

June 26
Are you ready for buses on the shoulders of Interstate 40 in Durham County? That's the plan on a ten-mile stretch between the Durham Freeway and 15-501, plus eastbound between the Durham Freeway and Page Road. These will be Triangle Transit buses only. They'll be allowed on the shoulders only when traffic is moving slower than 35 MPH. The buses can travel no more than 15 MPH faster than the I-40 traffic, and no faster than 35 MPH period. Trial period starts today. Formal program starts July 16. Dubbed Bus on Shoulder System. BOSS. At least they're not using the accident-prone stretch between Wade Avenue and the airport! Read more from the News & Observer.

Emergency services should not change a darn thing that they do. Follow your procedures, block lanes for safety, etc. This is a wierd idea, but the burden should be on the bus to make safe use of this additional privilege.

Just my humble opinion.
Skip K - 07/26/12 - 17:29

Ditto what he said. Also, got to wonder how that is going to work with the minor fender-benders that are supposed to be ‘moved to the shoulder’ rather than block lanes. Then the traffic backs up due to ‘onlooker delays’. And the traffic speed limit drops. Then the TTA bus takes to the shoulder. Then they come up on the fender-bender moved to the shoulder. Then no one will let the bus back on the road. Oh, the humanity.
DJ - 07/27/12 - 10:58

I agree with both the Chief and DJ! We have got to work harder to train EMS personnel to pass on the left!!! I see too many ambulances passing people on the right and that is entering a huge danger zone. In NC, by statute, drivers are supposed to pull to the right and stop (if they can). If an emergency vehicle attempts to pass on the right and the vehicle in front of them pulls right, they collide. I have seen it too many times to include more than one police car overturned from doing this.
Jason T (Email) (Web Site) - 07/27/12 - 17:48

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