Legislation sponsored by state Sen. Jeff Yarbro that authorizes buses to operate in the shoulder lane of state highways and interstates passed the Senate Transportation Committee Monday.
"Anyone who's driven in Middle Tennessee in the last year knows we have to take action, and we have to take it now," Sen. Yarbro said. "We already have a bus system in place, but we could depend on faster, more reliable service if those buses had the ability to use the shoulder to bypass congestion."
Senate Bill 1953 is a first step toward the implementation of a bus on the shoulder system, which could require shoulder improvements on some roads as well as new policies to ensure the safety of riders and drivers.
Bus on shoulder systems have been successfully implemented in other cities. For a look at how they operate in Illinois and North Carolina, videos are available here and here.
Tennessee's legislation now moves on to the full Senate, and companion legislation, HB 2022, sponsored by state Rep. Bill Beck, awaits a committee vote.
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