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Taking the bus between Tampa and St. Pete will take less time. To get more people to use the bus, this month a new service begins that will allow bus drivers to drive on the shoulder of I-275 when there’s traffic congestion. The Tampa Bay Business Journal reports that the $5 million project has been in the works for 6 years. This is the first time this has ever been tried in Florida.

Transit buses allowed to drive on the shoulder to bypass traffic on I-275 in Pinellas County

Buses can now drive on the shoulders along I-275 from 5th Avenue N to Gandy Boulevard in St. Petersburg. It's part of the Bus-on-Shoulder pilot program aimed...

Bus drivers will now be able to get by traffic jams when speeds drop below 35 miles per hour. The buses will drive no faster than 35 MPH when on the shoulder. Shoulders have been widened to accommodate the buses. As a driver, you’ll be notified when buses are using the shoulder by signals that have been installed near on-ramps. Also the buses that are allowed to travel on the shoulders have a special wrapping. [Source: TBBJ]

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