Durham-area buses will drive on the shoulder

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Drivers stuck in traffic jams on Interstate 40 in the Durham area may soon see an unfamiliar sight: buses moving past them on the right.

The Herald-Sun of Durham reports that the state Department of Transportation will launch a pilot program this spring to test whether traffic jams can be eased by having buses use the shoulder of the road. Triangle Transit buses on Interstate 40 will be able to move into the shoulder when traffic on the highway drops below 35 miles an hour. Similar programs have been launched in at least 12 other states, including Virginia and Georgia.

The pilot program is starting in the Durham area because the highway there has fewer points that would force buses off the shoulder and back into normal traffic.

Information from: The Herald-Sun, http://www.herald-sun.com (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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