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Clark County's C-Trans Tests Bus Bypass Where Buses Drive On Shoulder


As a driver crawling through bumper-to-bumper traffic, it’s easy to stare at the empty highway shoulder and imagine driving up it and leaving all the congestion in the rearview mirror.

A C-Tran bus drives along the shoulder of state Highway 14 on Wednesday afternoon. An upcoming pilot project will allow buses to drive on the highway shoulder between Interstate 205 and Southeast 164th Avenue during periods of high congestion. 

A C-Tran bus drives along the shoulder of state Highway 14 on Wednesday afternoon. An upcoming pilot project will allow buses to drive on the highway shoulder between Interstate 205 and Southeast 164th Avenue during periods of high congestion. 

Alisha Jucevic/The Columbian

That will remain a fantasy for most of us, but starting Oct. 23, C-Tran buses that travel a particular portion of state Highway 14 will drive the shoulder when freeway traffic slows to below 35 mph.

For the next 18 months, C-Tran will operate a pilot project on Highway 14 between Interstate 205 and Southeast 164th Avenue that will allow buses to merge in and out of traffic as needed.

“This is all about efficiency of service,” said C-Tran spokeswoman Christine Selk. “The end goal is to get to a point where our service is efficient as possible and we’re shaving time off that route.”

Read the full article at The Columbian.

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