Triangle buses to practice using I-40 shoulder

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Drivers for a Research Triangle-area public transit system are beginning training on a program designed to help them avoid traffic jams on Interstate 40.

Triangle Transit begins training Tuesday along the shoulder of I-40 in Durham County to prepare for the Buses on Shoulders System program, which starts next month.

The state Department of Transportation and Triangle Transit have created the state’s first BOSS program. It allows buses to travel on the shoulders of selected highways in times of heavy traffic congestion to help maintain schedules and bypass problem areas.

Buses would only use the shoulders when travel speed falls below 35 mph. The buses can’t move faster than 15 miles per hour than the traffic they’re passing, and never go faster than 35 miles per hour on the shoulder.

Credit: The Associated Press.

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