Here’s why Jones Street in downtown will be painted red

The City of Fort Worth will kick off a new Red Bus Lane Pilot program this week to improve bus lanes on Jones Street.

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The red bus lanes will be on Jones Street from 8th to 19th Street. | Image via The City of Fort Worth

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The streets of downtown will soon have a pop of color with the addition of the city’s new Red Bus Lane Pilot program.

The City of Fort Worth is piloting an enhanced roadway project on Jones Street between 8th and 19th Streets by implementing crimson-painted bus lanes with green arrow markings.

The goal: To increase the visibility of the lanes, improve the efficiency of bus service, and decrease confusion within lanes.

The Federal Highway Administration approved the use of the painted streets with hopes that red and green make it less likely to unintentionally drive in the bus lane while creating a more predictable path for bikes and pedestrians.

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🗓️ When will the change be implemented?

This Thursday, Sept. 28, the city’s Transportation & Public Works (TPW) Department and District 9 Councilmember Elizabeth Beck will hold a ribbon cutting to kick off the city’s implementation of the red-painted streets.

🚍 What will this mean for downtown traffic?

The painted lanes will be in existing lanes and will not impact the flow of traffic. The lanes will still allow turning for vehicles, buses, and bikes.

🛣️ Where exactly will this be?

The red lanes will run behind the Texas A&M-Fort Worth campus all the way up to Central Station.

According to a press release, Fort Worth will become one of five cities in the US with red bus lanes. Other cities that have implemented the enhancements include Austin, Houston, Indianapolis, and Washington DC.

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Fort Worth will be one of five cities in the US with red bus lanes. | Graphic by National Association of City Transportation Officials