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Green means go for bus priority lanes


March 14, 2002

Green means go for bus priority lanes

A major programme of painting green dedicated bus lanes has begun on several key arterial routes within Auckland.

More than 14kms of road will be sprayed with a new green surface-coating material along Symonds Street, Great North Rd, Dominion Rd, Mt Eden Road and Fanshawe St. The extended greening programme follows the successful testing of the greening material on Great South Rd.

The works on Dominion Rd will be between View Rd and the Mt Albert shops where the road will be greened both sides, and on Great North Rd from Ponsonby Rd to Point Chevalier Rd.

The greening programme for Fanshawe St, Symonds Street and Mt Eden Road complements bus lane colouring already completed on other sections of those roads.

Work on the project will be done at off-peak times to minimise traffic disruption. The project cost of $572,238 is being equally funded by Infrastructure Auckland and Auckland City.

Denis Mander, a principal transport planner at the Auckland City Council, says the bus lanes were originally only marked out with white paint as they underwent trials and research to ensure they achieved their objectives.

“Now that we have proven that, it is the appropriate time to make the marking permanent with the green bus lane marking,” says Mr Mander.

“The green markings, which are supported by the Police, clearly identify the presence of the bus lanes and help motorists who may be confused as to where bus lanes start and finish.”

The marketing manager of Stagecoach New Zealand, Russell Turnbull, said the greening of bus lanes is crucial to winning public support for bus travel, particularly for the busy peak-hour commuter passenger.

“Our research has clearly identified reliability of service as the number-one concern when people choose to use public transport, and the provision of green bus lanes provides exactly that security,” said Mr Turnbull.

“Passengers seem to have confidence that with a dedicated green bus lane they will be able to have the security of a much faster, more reliable peak-hour trip into town and going home.”

Mr Turnbull says the evidence of green bus lanes encouraging passengers was clearly demonstrated when Mt Eden Rd was ‘greened’.


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