Bus coming through

Front of MBTA 79 bus as it moves past stalled traffic along the temporary bus lane demarcated with orange and white traffic cones.

A bus takes advantage of the temporary bus lane at about 7:15 AM on October 9, the first day of the trial. At Thorndike Street facing Arlington Center.

I only had time to stop and take a few photos this morning, not to observe.

Still I overheard the police officer on duty here wonder if the Varnum Street bump-out would be removed to accommodate a longer bus lane.

Varnum Street marks the start of the test bus lane, which lasts nearly as far as Route 16.

Other measures being tested in the Bus Priority Pilot Program include shifting the Lake Street bus stop that is usually by the Capitol Theater to the other side of the intersection, near Christo’s Market, and some tinkering with the signal and lane configuration at Route 16.

Others have told me that the signal phase change there was already in effect this weekend.

The bus lane, actually a shared bus-bicycle lane, comprises both the parking lane and the bike lane and lasts for 3 hours every workday morning from 6 – 9 AM for the duration of the pilot, which will end on November 2.

Other measures will stay in effect for the entire test period.

If you have had any experiences with the new measures—did they help? Cause problems?—I hope you will consider leaving a note in the comments.

Back of MBTA 79 bus as it moves past stalled trafficalong the temporary bus lane demarcated with orange and white traffic cones.

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