Special bus lane now in place in Cincinnati

November 11, 2018 by  

Cincinnati opened a dedicated bus-only lane, the first one the city has ever created, in its downtown recently.

The bus lane will be used during rush hour, and is located along Main Street’s east curb lane, between Central Parkway and Fifth. During the peak commuting times of 7:00 am to 9:00 am, and 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, non-bus vehicles are prohibited from driving in the far-right lane continuously, though obviously drivers have to be able to access the curb lane to drop off passengers or for other legitimate reasons. They can also use the lane to make turns.

Drivers of non-bus vehicles who drive in the bus-only lane during the rush hours are subject to being ticketed, according to Cincinnati’s traffic ordinances. Fines for these traffic offenses are $100 for the first offence, $150 for a second offense within a year of the first, and $200 for a third offense within the same year.

Bus-only lanes are common in many communities. They are designed to help public transport run on time by lessening the congestion the vehicles would otherwise face. Officials introducing a new service like this could work with a brochure printing company to create schedules to be carried on the vehicles, which would also explain the new lane.

The city celebrated the opening of the bus-only lane with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Main Street on Monday, November 5.