A faster Aurora Avenue with 'bus only' lanes?

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by GLENN FARLEY / KING 5 News

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KING5.com

Posted on June 21, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 21 at 6:35 PM

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Department of Transportation is proposing changes to Aurora Ave. between N 38th St. and N 115th St. 

The city wants to add dedicated bus lanes during morning and afternoon rush periods, much like they are already in Shoreline. The city is also proposing changes to traffic light timing that is expected to improve travel times for cars and trucks during some periods.

Southbound, bus travel times are expected to improve 16 to 17 percent in the morning and afternoon rush hours respectively. Cars will see a zero percent gain in the morning and a nine percent gain in the afternoon.

Northbound estimates are better for cars: up to 24 percent faster commute times through the area in the afternoon, but a 10 to 11 percent improvement over current bus times.

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