How Philly Is Trying to Use Red Lanes to Improve Bus Speeds - NBC10

“Red paint has been shown to be an effective treatment for improving the compliance of bus lanes by making it very clear for drivers where a vehicle should be traveling,” the city said in a press release.

A SEPTA bus travels down the the new red bus lane in Philadelphia
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People walking or driving down Chestnut Street in Center City may have noticed a new, colorful addition: red bus lanes.

This pop of color isn’t merely a decorative flourish; it’s the first of what the City of Philadelphia hopes will be many red lanes designed to make buses move through traffic faster by making sure cars are out of the way.

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