JoCo Buses to Drive on Shoulder to Avoid Traffic

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. -- Johnson County Transit (JCT) began running The JO Express Tuesday, an enhanced bus service along I-35 linking Johnson County with downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

The enhanced service used Bus On Shoulder (BOS) operations during the morning and evening rush hours from 95th Street to the Johnson/Wyandotte county line.

BOS Operations mean that buses are able to drive on the shoulder of the highway when traffic is moving at less than 35 mph, as a way to avoid congested areas.

Once on the shoulder, the bus can't travel more than 10 mph faster than the rate of traffic on the highway and can't exceed 35 mph.

Other enhancements include additional stop locations with new shelters, new stop signage and new park-and-ride locations.

JCT says that the enhanced service can shave up to five minutes off a passenger's commute time.

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