Transit buses permitted on Wake Co. shoulders beginning Monday - WSPA.com

Transit buses permitted on Wake Co. shoulders beginning Monday

Posted: Updated:
As part of the Bus on the Shoulder System, buses in Wake County will be able to use the shoulder of designated highways. As part of the Bus on the Shoulder System, buses in Wake County will be able to use the shoulder of designated highways.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Starting Monday, drivers in Wake County may be caught off-guard by buses driving on the shoulders of highways as a means to ease congestion.

Bus drivers will be allowed on the shoulder of designed stretches of highways when speeds fall below 35 miles per hour.

As part of the Bus on the Shoulder System, buses in Wake County will be able to use the shoulder of Interstate 40 West and Wade Ave. between Blue Ridge Road and the Durham Freeway and on I-40 East and Wade Avenue between Page Road in Durham County and Blue Ridge Road. 

The North Carolina Department of Transportation ran a pilot program for nine months in Durham County, and says there were no reports of accidents or complaints.

Triangle Transit buses have made about 700 trips on the shoulder without any incidents. When traveling on the shoulder, buses are not allowed to go more than 15 mph faster than traffic in the travel lanes, and cannot exceed 35 mph.

"They're given discretion. If they don't feel like using it at a certain point in time, they don't have to do so," said John Tallmadge, with Triangle Transit. "We prepare them, but they still have discretion based on the conditions out there."

Bus drivers are told to get out of the shoulder if there are any emergency vehicles there or any obstructions.

Drivers are asked not to follow buses that are riding in a shoulder because it is still illegal for normal vehicles to drive to drive there.

  • Wake CountyMore>>

  • Teen hit by car on Raleigh Blvd.

    Teen hit by car on Raleigh Blvd.

    Sunday, September 14 2014 7:05 PM EDT2014-09-14 23:05:25 GMT
    Police respond to a crash involving a pedestrian on Raleigh Boulevard.Police respond to a crash involving a pedestrian on Raleigh Boulevard.
    A teenager was taken to the hospital Sunday after he was struck by a vehicle on Raleigh Boulevard near Glascock Street.
    A teenager was taken to the hospital Sunday after he was struck by a vehicle on Raleigh Boulevard near Glascock Street.
  • Disabled participates get a helping hand to finish Canes 5k

    Disabled participates get a helping hand to finish Canes 5k

    Sunday, September 14 2014 6:23 PM EDT2014-09-14 22:23:15 GMT
    Volunteers with Ainsley's Angles help disabled participants finish the Canes 5k.Volunteers with Ainsley's Angles help disabled participants finish the Canes 5k.
    Volunteers with Ainsley's Angels helped more than a dozen people with various disabilities complete the second annual Canes 5k race.
    Volunteers with Ainsley's Angels helped more than a dozen people with various disabilities complete the second annual Canes 5k race.
  • Arrest made in murder of 20-year-old Raleigh man

    Arrest made in murder of 20-year-old Raleigh man

    Sunday, September 14 2014 9:52 AM EDT2014-09-14 13:52:52 GMT
    Darius Lamont WatkinsDarius Lamont Watkins
    Raleigh homicide detectives have arrested and charged Darius Lamont Watkins, 19, with the murder of Casty St. Louis.   
    Raleigh homicide detectives have arrested and charged Darius Lamont Watkins, 19, with the murder of Casty St. Louis.   
Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.