Sadly, there is no similar lane for other peak-congestion periods, such as the evening rush, or weekend traffic returning to Manhattan on Sunday evenings. Although Tri-State reports that the idea of a second lane was first proposed in the 1980s, it has taken four years of study and will not even be formally announced, let alone implemented, until the end of 2008. In addition to (and potentially slowing down) buses, the lane will also allow cars with more than three passengers, and even single-occupant vehicles that pay tolls. Not exactly the most impressive solution; the car lobbyists must have been fighting this one pretty hard. You'll notice that none of the documentation gives a figure for how many vehicles or passengers the non-XBL lanes carry.
What would a real bus priority solution look like?
- Worth waiting four years for
- At least one bus priority lane open at all times, in the direction with the highest need
- If the lane is HO/T, the Port Authority Director should have the right to exclude single-occupant cars - or even all cars - to improve bus flow