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DOT to expand bus routes on I-40 shoulder

Posted August 15, 2013

Triangle Transit Authority bus.

In a news conference scheduled for Friday morning, the North Carolina Department of Transportation will announce plans to expand the use of interstate shoulders by Triangle Transit buses. The Bus on the Shoulder System, called BOSS, allows buses to use the shoulder when traffic slows to less than 35 mph in order to keep to published timetables.

Triangle Transit buses have used the shoulder of Interstate 40 in Durham County for a little more than a year. DOT has deemed that pilot program a success and plans to expand the BOSS into Wake County on I-40 to Wade Avenue and on Wade to Blue Ridge Road.


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  • taskmaster27858 Aug 20, 2013

    I think Buses should not be allowed on the Interstate at all.

  • sw3090 Aug 16, 2013

    the best thing they can do is forbid them from the interstates during rush hour in the first place.

  • tendonut Aug 16, 2013

    I really hope they clean up the shoulder debris more regularly. I've had to get a windshield replaced/repaired twice now due to buses passing me on the shoulder and kicking up rocks. Nice to have a $0 deductible on glass!

  • jeffjohnson123 Aug 16, 2013

    So they are going to trade safety for schedule? That's backwards. The Highway Patrol has been increasingly impacting commuters schedule when accidents occur by tying up several lanes for hours. So, can we conclude that the needs of the government outweigh the needs of its citizens?

  • aprince27 Aug 16, 2013

    In addition in most cases the buses are going between 15-30 miles per hour on the shoulder when they use them. Obviously they are at a more controllable speed to navigate the shoulder.

    They would have the sight lines to slow down in case a vehicle is blocking the shoulder and merge into traffic. The program website clearly states that shoulder use for emergencies (flat tires, broken down vehicle) is the first priority. And most of the time once the bus gets past the vehicle on the shoulder - traffic has resumed speed and they are off the shoulder.

    I don't think many people realize that they only use the shoulder when traffic isn't moving or is running below 35 mph.

  • skinnyCat Aug 16, 2013

    last time I pulled onto the shoulder it cost me a new tire. The rumble strips catch debris and can hold it at funny angles.

  • aprince27 Aug 16, 2013

    mikeyj - i'm highly certain that the existing IMAP Patrols and Triangle Transit Crews wll be able to handle the extra duties.

    Secondly, there are a number of restrictions before buses can use the shoulders. The buses also have speed restrictions during the instances that they can use the shoulders.


  • Cock a doodle doo Aug 16, 2013

    How often did the actually NEED to drive on the shoulder? I don't see the shoulders all that much cleaner from before; debris, cars, all kinds of things there. -Scubagirl

    Sometimes there is, but I imagine these drivers are professional and make an effort to not run over the debris. I commute often from Chapel Hill back to Raleigh during rush hour, and see these buses (which are usually full of people btw) safely maneuvering down the shoulder.

    I did once see a yokel in a big 4x4 driving behind a bus. I got a good lol when I saw a Durham City officer off the ramp ride down the grass and pull him over.

  • Transmaniacon Aug 16, 2013

    "Yeah all well and good but this means "bigger government, especially in the DOT system. Because.......... now there will need to crews out there every days several times a day to ensure these "shoulders" are clear of the "mufflers and mattresses and such. Otherwise can you picture the fiasco when the bus is rolling on the shoulder and comes across debris it can't run over. The buses will need to cut back into the right hand traffic lanes and then block a smooth flow there of cars and semis."

    The DOT has IMAP, which patrol the highways and help motorists and clear debris.

  • Pseudonym Aug 15, 2013

    Commuting...like a BOSS!