In an effort to keep buses running on schedule, the Austin Transportation Department has installed a queue-jump lane at the corner of Guadalupe Street and 4th Street. A queue-jump lane is a short stretch of bus lane combined with traffic signal priority. A queue-jump signal is red and white, so it is easy for commuters to distinguish from the normal stoplights they encounter.
The idea behind a queue-jump lane is to allow buses to by-pass waiting traffic by a few seconds to keep their routes on schedule and to avoid delays in service. It works one of two ways: either it is a right-turn only lane that permits straight-through movement for buses only or it is a lane that is installed between a right-turn and straight-through lane. The queue-jump lane at Guadalupe and 4th is the former.
This is the second queue-jump lane to be installed in Austin. The first is at the Capital Metro Crestview Station, located west of Lamar Blvd. between Justine Street and St. Johns Avenue. Buses at this stop have an opportunity to “jump back in” to the flow of traffic after dropping off and picking up riders at the station. A third queue-jump lane at the corner of Lavaca Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd is to be installed sometime next year.