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We need a transit-only lane on the Bay Bridge

It’s time for policymakers and planners to see our bridges and highways for what they are: a valuable transportation asset that must be leveraged to deliver efficient, reliable, sustainable and equitable transportation. Tens of thousands of commuters each day pile into the more than 80 regional express bus routes that use the Bay Area’s freeways and bridges.

Commentary: Transit Lanes on the Bay Bridge, a Simple Choice

Up until 1958 the lower deck of the Bay Bridge had transit-only space. And it’s a simple choice to bring it back. Note: GJEL Accident Attorneys regularly sponsors coverage on Streetsblog San Francisco and Streetsblog California. Unless noted in the story, GJEL Accident Attorneys is not consulted for the content or editorial direction of the sponsored content.

Bay Bridge Bus-only Lane Gaining Momentum After Support from Transit Agencies & Local Leaders – The E’ville Eye Community News

The idea of a Bay Bridge Bus-only lane is gaining momentum after an unanimous vote by AC Transit. The idea is still in its infancy though and would require cooperation from a multitude of agencies and jurisdictions. Emeryville’s Powell Street onramp would require significant changes to its geometry to push buses past its typical automotive gridlock onto I-80.

Bus-only lane idea on Bay Bridge presented

MTC staff will present the initial design and traffic assessment of a bus lane on the Bay Bridge, which they say will move more people in fewer cars, saving time on traveling and accommodating the growing need for long distance commuters.

Lawmaker introduces legislation to kick off creation of Bay Bridge bus lane – The San Francisco Examiner

Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s bill is designed to reduce congestion on the Bay Bridge. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner) Assemblymember Rob Bonta’ s placeholder bill would create ‘sustainable, efficient’ public transit It’s official: An effort to paint a bus lane stretching across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has hit the state assembly.

Is it finally time to bring back a bus-only lane on the Bay Bridge?

If you’ve ever ridden an AC Transit bus creeping across the Bay Bridge during rush hour, you might have thought: There must be a better way. Why, for example, didn’t bridge planners create a dedicated lane for buses only, giving priority to vehicles that actually move dozens of people across the span instead of just one or two?