As of Monday morning, lanes on two of D.C.’s busiest commuter corridors are now dedicated solely to buses as part of a new, summer-long pilot program to help test the impact of bus lanes downtown.
The new program, announced by Mayor Muriel Bowser on Friday, is intended to improve bus service and relieve congestion in an area where buses typically experience drastically reduced travel speeds during the busiest times of day.
During morning rush hours from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and evening rush hours from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., right curb lanes marked with bright red paint along H Street, NW between 18th and 14th streets, and I Street, NW between 13th and 20th streets, will be open to buses only.
In addition to buses, right-turning vehicles, bicycles, charter buses, school buses, and marked taxis would be allowed to use the bus lanes. Ride-hailing services, such as Uber and Lyft, may not use the lanes.