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Public Service Announcement

How to use bus-only and cycling reserved lanes in Ajax

WHITBY, ON February 17, 2015

The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department, would like to remind motorists how to use the new bus-only lanes in Ajax.

Also known as diamond lanes, the 1.4 km stretch of bus-only lanes on Kingston Road (Highway 2), from Harwood Avenue to Salem Road, is reserved exclusively for Durham Region Transit and GO Transit buses. The lanes, which are clearly marked with overhead diamond signs and pavement markings, are designed to help buses get through traffic and stay on schedule. The Works Department will soon be revising line markings and signage in the area to promote proper usage of these lanes.

The use of the bus-only lanes by motorists is prohibited at all times and subject to charges under the Highway Traffic Act. Drivers should keep the following tips in mind:

  • Vehicles can enter bus-only lanes to access driveways or turn at intersections by safely merging through the lane where white lane markings are dashed.
  • Queuing in the bus-only lanes is only permitted when waiting to turn right at the next immediate driveway or intersection.
  • Motorists entering Highway 2 from a driveway are required to exit the bus-only lane as quickly as possible and when safe to do so.
  • Drivers turning onto Highway 2 from an intersecting roadway are required to enter through main travel lanes, not the bus-only lanes.

In addition to the reserved bus-only lanes, Durham has introduced cycling lanes along Kingston Road, from Harwood Avenue to Salem Road, in the Town of Ajax. This spring, green surface treatment will be applied along the bicycle lane to improve safety for both drivers and cyclists. Drivers are reminded that they can cross cycling lanes where lane markings are dashed, but must always yield to cyclists.

For more information, including instructional videos about how to use the new reserved lanes, please visit www.durham.ca/reservedlanes

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