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BUS

A self-propelled, rubber-tired road vehicle designed to carry a substantial number of passengers (i.e. 10 or more), commonly operated on streets and highways. A bus has enough headroom to allow passengers (unless they are exceptionally tall) to stand upright after…

BUS BAY

A branch from or widening of a road that permits buses to stop, without obstructing traffic, while laying over or while passengers board and alight. It is designed to allow easy reentry of the bus into the traffic stream (also…

BUS BRIDGE

Temporary bus service established by Bus Operations Controls Centers (BOCC) to serve as a “bridge” between passenger stations in the event of Metro Rail system delays or interruptions to service.

BUS CHANGE

An exchange of one bus for another on the road. Bus changes are usually made in response to reported mechanical defects.

BUS DISCRETIONARY CAPITAL

Federal funding granted under Section 3 of the Federal Transit Act (formerly known as the Urban Mass Transportation Act). These discretionary funds are used for bus-related construction projects or to replace, rehabilitate or purchase buses. (APTA)

BUS GATE

1. A bus priority signal control for intersection approaches. Signals located upstream from the intersection stop traffic in regular lanes while the bus lane remains open, allowing buses to proceed to any lane at the intersection signal ahead of other…

BUS LANE

(Also called Preferential Bus Lane, Priority Bus Lane.) A highway or street lane reserved primarily for buses, either all day or during specified periods. It may be used by other traffic under certain circumstances, such as making a right or…