County Seeks Input on Proposal to Covert Part of Highway 101 Shoulder Into Bus Lane

By Bay City News Service

The Transportation Authority of Marin is conducting a study and seeking public input on whether parts of the U.S. Highway 101 shoulder in central and northern Marin County should be converted to part-time transit lanes for buses.

The project would use the existing shoulder of Highway 101 from Atherton Avenue/San Marin Drive in Novato to Mission Avenue in San Rafael, allowing buses to travel up to 35 miles per hour during peak congestion times when traffic is going slower in other highway lanes.

Residents are asked to fill out a survey before 5:00pm Friday, Nov. 20, to provide feedback on the proposal.

“We know we need an innovative solution to help reduce congestion in Marin County. If buses can use the US 101 shoulder, it will add freeway capacity without having to add new lanes, which is not feasible in northern Marin,” TAM executive director Anne Richman said in a news release.

More information about the proposed project can be found here.

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