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There’s good reason for in-lane bus stops

The GO GEORGE system has been designed with  bus stops in the traffic lane from where buses can safely ease back into traffic after picking up passengers. This helps the system keep to its schedule, as opposed to buses waiting for a gap in heavy traffic, causing a bus load of passengers to reach their destinations and workplaces late.

The national guidelines regarding road user priority encourage use of public transport and ways to make this a convenient and preferred method of transport, to decrease the number of vehicles using the roads and limit  pollution.

Drivers of other vehicles should always be aware  that every bus stop is a potential stopping place for buses. In other words, always keep a safe following distance and expect the bus to stop at the next bus stop. GO GEORGE bus drivers are required to give ample warning by switching on their indicators or using their hazard lights when they plan to stop.

On routes where in-lane stops may be a safety hazard or cause excessive congestion, eg. road speed limits above 60km/h, indented stops have been built. Cost is also a consideration, as indented stops are very expensive and are kept to a minimum, without compromising safety, and to keep the system affordable and flexible. It is also easier and less costly to move an in-lane stop when user patterns indicate the need.

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