Measure Would Create Pilot Program to Allow Busses to Use Highway Shoulders in Peak Congestion Periods
Austin - Rep. Celia Israel (HD 50 - Austin) passed a measure out of the Texas House that directs the Texas Department of Transportation, in coordination with the DPS, transit authorities, and local transportation departments, to implement a Busses on Shoulders pilot program in Travis, Bexar, El Paso, and Tarrant Counties.
Rep. Israel thanked her fellow House members for helping her pass an effective solution to congestion in our biggest counties. "Not every transportation solution has a dollar sign. Today, over 100 members of the Texas House helped me pass a bill that will make our transportation system more reliable and convenient."
As of 2014, thirteen states had adopted policies permitting buses to use shoulders in an effort to make bus service more reliable. With House Bill 1324, Texas could be the fourteenth to adopt this cost-free, common-sense approach to easing congestion.
"Whether we use busses or not, shouldn't we make it easier for more people to say yes to the bus and take one more car off the freeway?" , Rep Israel said.