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A queue jump lane is a traffic control device that gives special preference to certain vehicles at intersections. To help us stay on time, the City of Bellingham installed transit queue jump lanes westbound on Lakeway Dr at Lincoln St and on Alabama St at James St.
At the intersections with queue jump lanes, there's a Turn Only Lane on the right. Though it's Turn Only for cars, our buses are allowed to go straight. A specially timed signal here can detect the presence of our bus and will give it a green light BEFORE the lights turn green for the other lanes. This head start allows our bus to "jump the queue" and reach the travel lanes before the cars waiting at the light.
One of a bus driver's most difficult tasks is re-entering traffic from a bus stop. By yielding to buses, you can give our drivers a hand, enhance traffic flow, help buses stay on time, and make roads safer for everyone.
It's also the law. Washington State RCW 46.61.220 states, "The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right of way to a transit vehicle traveling in the same direction that has signaled and is re-entering the traffic flow."
What should I do when I see a merging bus?
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