Work Underway for Douglas Street Priority Transit & Cycling Lanes

transit lanes phase oneNew priority lanes for transit buses and cyclists will soon be running along Douglas Street. Construction is underway for the first phase on Douglas Street between Fisgard Street and Hillside Avenue. The new lanes will open to transit buses and cyclists by the end of May.

Priority lanes will operate Monday through Friday during peak travel times from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. (southbound lane) and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (northbound lane).

Transit and cycling priority lanes will be added by converting street parking into a shared transit and bike lane during peak hours. Parking will be permitted during off-peak hours. From Pembroke Street to Hillside Avenue, the existing northbound curb lane will be converted into a peak-hour priority transit and cycling lane.

During construction drivers may experience temporary lane closures in areas adjacent to construction work. Some bus stops will be relocated to accommodate the work.

transit lanes phase twoA second phase is planned from Hillside Avenue to Tolmie Avenue and is expected to begin later this year.

The new priority lanes are designed to shorten travel times for transit customers, increase the reliability of public transit and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by limiting idling and lowering the number of vehicles on the road. The new lanes are seen as the first step to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of public transit in the region and into the downtown core.

The Douglas Street corridor currently supports as many as 1,700 vehicles per hour during peak travel times.
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