There are several types of infrastructure measures available to give buses priority over general traffic along key corridors throughout the city. Each of these has been evaluated and adopted in key areas according to their suitability.
Bus lanes – part time and full time
A bus lane allows buses to bypass traffic congestion on main routes during peak times. Bus lanes can be long, continuous lengths or short sections on the approach to intersections. Bus lanes are clearly marked with signs displaying operational times. Outside operational hours, the bus lanes revert to on-street parking spaces with cycle lanes alongside in some locations.
PLEASE NOTE: The green paint markings on the lanes may be continuous or intermittent.
Bus-signals (or B-signals) can be applied at a traffic signal where a bus lane is provided. The white B-signal activates when the presence of a bus is detected in the bus lane, providing it with a head start over traffic.
Bus gates are traffic signals that are similar to B-signals; however, they are generally located before an intersection. When a bus is detected, a bus gate creates a gap in the traffic by stopping traffic for a short time, allowing the bus to go first. Bus gates will be used where it is not practical to continue a bus lane to an intersection.
Bus stop improvements
Bus stop locations can be reassessed to focus on providing well-spaced stops that are close to intersections and provide a high level of access to community facilities.
A bus border is an extension of the footpath into the traffic lane with a raised kerb. This allows the bus to stop without leaving its position in the traffic stream, so avoiding the delay associated with waiting for a gap in passing traffic. A bus border is used where buses have difficulty re-entering the traffic stream. The need for bus borders is reduced if motorists create space to allow the bus to re-enter the traffic stream.