Yesterday was the first day of the City’s pilot project to have a ‘bus only’ lane on King Street West, from the downtown to Dundurn, and judging from the feedback, it didn’t go well.
Lots of angry calls to our program yesterday and apparently, lots of angry calls to City Councilor’s offices , complaining about the change over.
Apparently, about 20-25 motorists were slapped with tickets and substantial fines for driving in the bus lanes and a frustrated HSR driver called our show yesterday and told me that cars were continually darting in and out of the restricted lane.
It seems pretty clear that the City hasn’t done a very good job of preparing and informing drivers of the do’s and don’ts of bus only lanes.
Callers to our show were asking if it was OK to make right turns, some others thought the bus lane was like the diamond lanes on the highway and car poolers were allowed to us it; still others just thought the whole idea was just plain dumb.
Bus lanes and possible LRT tracks are going to be in our transportation future but you can’t just slap up a few signs on the side of the road and expect compliance.
Hamilton’s first day of a more progressive transit system began on a sour note.
It left far too many motorists and transit users with a bad case of the Bus Lane Blues.