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Dedicated bus lanes 'a good thing': Amalgamated Transit Union VP

O'Leary says a bus with just seven passengers is more fuel efficient than a car with a single occupant
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A Halifax Transit bus (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

The vice president of the Amalgamated Transit Union supports having dedicated bus lanes in the Halifax Regional Municipality.

Shane O'Leary believes it will help reduce congestion, and those comments come after Halifax regional council voted unanimously to design designated bus lanes along Young and Robie Streets.

He tells NEWS 95.7 having these lanes will help reduce traffic in busy areas.

"We've endorsed bus lanes, we believe that bus lanes are an important part of the puzzle we call transit," explains O'Leary. "You need your queue lights, you need your jump lanes, route schedules, they're all very important parts. As are the operators, the maintenance and the support staff."

"A bus stuck in traffic, is only as fast as a car stuck in traffic," adds O'Leary. "One bus removse 50-70 cars from traffic."

He says another component needs to be taken into consideration for the Young and Robie dedicated bus lanes.

"You gotta keep the parking enforced, because one car jammed in a lane on a northbound driving street heading to the bridge can jam up every other bus, or on the opposite side," says O'Leary. "Parking enforcement is also a vital part if you want to have dedicated bus lanes."

Another good result, O'Leary says would be encouraging people to leave their cars at home.

"A clean diesel bus only emits one tenth of the emissions per passenger compared to a single use car," says O'Leary. "We've got to get people out of cars in this car centric city."

O'Leary adds that a bus with just seven occupants is more fuel efficient than a single occupant car.




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