California’s East Bay thoroughfare could get bus-only lanes (War on Cars Watch)

Oakland’s busiest street — downtown Broadway between 11th and 20th streets — could be getting bus-only lanes by next summer, which could make bus trips 30 percent faster and 20 percent more on-time.

The tradeoff, however, is one less lane for cars in each direction, which will cause the street to clog, especially during the 5 to 6 p.m. commute hour. An analysis found that southbound traffic would be backed up one block at the intersections of 13th and 14th streets and three blocks at 17th street during that time because of the loss of traffic lanes.

Since that portion of Broadway is already under construction as part of AC Transit’s East Bay Bus Rapid Transit line project, the city’s Department of Transportation pitched a $4 million plan to repave that portion of the street and paint the far-right lanes red on each side of Broadway to indicate that only buses are allowed.