Counties: Bus Lane Monitoring Systems Make Public Transportation Safer

On March 2, 2023, Associate Policy Director Sarah Sample testified before the House Environment and Transportation Committee in support of HB 1027 – Vehicle Laws – Bus Lane Monitoring Systems – Statewide Expansion.

This bill enables local jurisdictions to install and manage bus lane monitoring systems to enforce the prohibition against driving motor vehicles in designated bus lanes. Counties welcome this additional tool to ensure compliance with laws that are designed not to inconvenience drivers, but to promote safer roadways for everyone.

From the MACo Testimony:

HB 1027 is enabling legislation, providing counties with an additional tool in maintaining motor vehicle compliance and safety in neighborhoods and communities. This opportunity also helps counties enhance the reliability and safety of public transportation for residents. In addition to the enhanced security and order these programs help local governments provide, they also help to support other public safety measures that keep these communities thriving. With an automated option for enforcing motor vehicle laws and violations, there is great potential to divert costs associated with law enforcement personnel who would typically be tasked with motor vehicle monitoring. These savings can be reinvested in other areas, while maintaining compliance and calming neighborhoods via the automated monitoring system.

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