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'Bus on Shoulder System' program allows buses to use shoulder to avoid traffic

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RALEIGH -- The Triangle Transit is taking an extra step to make sure bus commuters get where they need to be on time. Next week they're launching the "Bus on Shoulder System" or BOSS program, an imitative that allows buses to use the shoulder lane to bypass traffic jams along I-40 in Durham County.

This system is the first of its kind in the state and will start out only along that stretch of I-40 in Durham County. Officials say it's a way to make traveling on the Triangle Transit more efficient.

"So it makes a lot of sense for us to try to squeeze the maximum amount of throughput from that road as possible and this project allows us to do that," said David King with Triangle Transit. "You've got these shoulders, we've got professional drivers who are good negotiating in these circumstances."

Buses will be able to use the shoulder only when traffic on the highway falls below 35 miles per hour.

Later Thursday, we're getting a first hand look at the BOSS initiative with a ride along.

As for the official start of the program, that kicks off on Monday.

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