Newsgrams: Should Tour Buses be Curbed on Long and Winding Roads?

The wheels on the bus may not be going round and round on Marin County back roads as much as they used to, as the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will weigh the merits of a proposed ordinance limiting large vehicles on narrow roads.

According to a county staff report, the Supes are concerned “that certain roads, because of their narrow lanes, topography and substandard sight distances are unsafe for vehicles in excess of 36 feet.”

Not only that, but the Supes have heard a plethora of complaints from neighbors that tour buses traveling to Muir Woods National Park are sometimes going through residential neighborhoods in order to avoid traffic on regular bus thoroughfares. Neighbors, according to the report, are particularly annoyed by the noise and size of the vehicles.

At the Dec. 9 meeting, the Board had plans to conduct an initial reading of the proposed ordinance and set a merit hearing on the proposal for Dec. 16. If the proposal gets the thumbs up from the Supes on Dec. 16, they’ll also that day consider a companion resolution that details which streets will be subject to restrictions and sets penalties for violations to the ordinance.—Jason Walsh

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