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The bus lane is returning on Adelaide Avenue

By johnboy - 4 November 2011 35

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Territory And Municipal Services inform us that the completion of the GDE means they are going to put the bus lane back on Adelaide Avenue:

With the Gungahlin Drive Extension (GDE) now fully open to traffic, the T2 transit lane on Adelaide Avenue between Melrose Drive and State Circle will be returned for use as a bus lane, Director, Roads ACT, Tony Gill has announced.

The change will become effective from Monday 14 November 2011.

“The T2 transit lane was introduced in 2009 as a temporary measure to help alleviate increased congestion on Adelaide Avenue associated with construction work on the GDE by encouraging people to car pool or travel together,” Mr Gill said.


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The bus lane is returning on Adelaide Avenue
BallOfMonkey 1:18 pm 04 Nov 11

Innovation said :

Eppo said :

As a motorcyclist, I approve of this!

At 7.45 on the way to work each morning, I’d rarely see a bus in the T2 lane, but I DO see plenty of cagers slowing me down.

This will essentially give me my own private lane into work each day. Win!

I suggest an Occupy the Transit Lanes protest. Everyone get hold of 50cc scooters (speed restricted to 50km/h) and travel legally in the transit lanes…

Apologies for my naivety, but where does it say that a motorcyclist can use a dedicated bus lane? As a motorcyclist who uses this T2 lane on a daily basis my levels of smugness will go through the roof if I’m entitled to continue to use it after it reverts to a bus lane.

Innovation 12:53 pm 04 Nov 11

Eppo said :

As a motorcyclist, I approve of this!

At 7.45 on the way to work each morning, I’d rarely see a bus in the T2 lane, but I DO see plenty of cagers slowing me down.

This will essentially give me my own private lane into work each day. Win!

I suggest an Occupy the Transit Lanes protest. Everyone get hold of 50cc scooters (speed restricted to 50km/h) and travel legally in the transit lanes…

thehutch 12:38 pm 04 Nov 11

arb said :

I am of the opinion that all bus lanes should be T2 transit lanes. We now have a lovely new wide 3 lane road into the city from Belconnen (Barry Dr from Belconnen Way to Clunies Ross St) and one lane is dedicated to those useless slow orange things on the road and therefore empty 90% of the time. What a waste.

Waa Waa… the Belconnen bus lane was built to be a bus lane and all the majority of buses during peak hour are chockers. I’m happy sit in traffic for extra 5 minutes and let those who catch the bus have some benefit…. if they all got off the bus and drove, my drive would be even worse.

As for the Adelaide Avenue bus lane, well it used to be a bus lane and they changed it to T2 for the GDE construction. It was always going to be temporary – if you really want to use it hop on a motorbike or god forbide catch the bus.

Eppo 12:33 pm 04 Nov 11

As a motorcyclist, I approve of this!

At 7.45 on the way to work each morning, I’d rarely see a bus in the T2 lane, but I DO see plenty of cagers slowing me down.

This will essentially give me my own private lane into work each day. Win!

Innovation 12:32 pm 04 Nov 11

I know it the T2 lane was supposed to be only temporary but I was hoping that the ACT Gov’t had forgotten.

This is a rubbish decision to remove the T2 lane! The cars and bikes on Adelaide Ave don’t impede the buses and taxis (except perhaps to slow them down to 80k’s) and it encourages car pooling which is what everyone wants. I agree that all transit lanes in the ACT should be T2 lanes and then start to be restricted (eg to T3 and then if necessary, buses and taxis only) only if it can be shown that cars and bikes are interfering with other public transport.

2.0 12:17 pm 04 Nov 11

Nooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

now i will have to be stuck behind all the knobs that slow right down in the right lane as soon as any other car in the left lanes merges or brakes

arb 11:58 am 04 Nov 11

I am of the opinion that all bus lanes should be T2 transit lanes. We now have a lovely new wide 3 lane road into the city from Belconnen (Barry Dr from Belconnen Way to Clunies Ross St) and one lane is dedicated to those useless slow orange things on the road and therefore empty 90% of the time. What a waste.

chilli said :

Any word about when the traffic lights for Floriade on Commonwealth Ave will be removed and the speed limit returned to 60kms? It’s been a while now.

Or are they going to stay permanently?

Do you mean 70kms? 60 is the current limit with the traffic lights in place.

They better not stay permanently… there’s a perfectly serviceable pedestrian path under the bridge.

BicycleCanberra 11:47 am 04 Nov 11

alloneword said :

I don’t get this.
One reason for adding the T2 lane was to encourage car pooling? I guess they all want us in separate cars now.

You can still ‘car pool’ without having a special lane.The Government wants you to use the Bus. This was always a dedicated bus lane and was the first dedicated bus lane in Australia in fact. If we want better public transport then dedicated busways is one way of achieving this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxmqyF5M_rw

Classified 11:44 am 04 Nov 11

Getting rid of the T2? Madness. It’s not like having the few cars with multiple people in them slowed the buses down, but it reduced traffic in other lanes and encouraged people to car pool.

It seems this government is more about command control than common sense!

winter 11:27 am 04 Nov 11

I thought the T2 was a permanent thing, don’t live south so cant comment on how congested it gets during peak hour.

ATrAiN 11:22 am 04 Nov 11

ABC129 said :

What the? This is complete BS! The T2 lane is a fantastic way to encourage carpooling and the only thing that makes me feel more smug than cruising past stopped traffic in the T2 lane with my wife or child in the car is overtaking stopped cars on my bike!
PLUS it gives the plods an extra place to revenue raise and book the ungrateful sods that drive in the T2 lane without a passenger! Boy that gets my goat!

Dumb idea TAMS.

Agreed the T2 lane makes my drive to work a breeze and throw in the 3 for free car pooling and your set

smiling politely 11:19 am 04 Nov 11

alloneword said :

I don’t get this. …One reason for adding the T2 lane was to encourage car pooling?

+1. Heads up Mr Gill, it’s still congested during the peak times. Have there been any problems with the limited numbers of cars sharing that lane with the busses, taxis and motorbikes? May as well just keep it as it is.

ABC129 11:16 am 04 Nov 11

What the? This is complete BS! The T2 lane is a fantastic way to encourage carpooling and the only thing that makes me feel more smug than cruising past stopped traffic in the T2 lane with my wife or child in the car is overtaking stopped cars on my bike!
PLUS it gives the plods an extra place to revenue raise and book the ungrateful sods that drive in the T2 lane without a passenger! Boy that gets my goat!

Dumb idea TAMS.

alloneword 11:14 am 04 Nov 11

I don’t get this.

Now there is the GDE there will be less cars on Adelaide Ave? How many cars on Adelaide Ave would stop in Civic on the Parli Triangle and never go near the GDE?

One reason for adding the T2 lane was to encourage car pooling? I guess they all want us in separate cars now.

chilli 11:10 am 04 Nov 11

Any word about when the traffic lights for Floriade on Commonwealth Ave will be removed and the speed limit returned to 60kms? It’s been a while now.

Or are they going to stay permanently?

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