Giving buses priority on major roads helps create more efficient bus services and more reliable bus travel times. Improving bus travel times helps to:
- Increase bus use.
- Reduce dependency on cars.
- Reduce traffic congestion.
- Improve air quality.
Buses carry up to 50 people and occupy less road space than 50 cars carrying one passenger each.
During the morning peak, the bus lane on the Sydney Harbour Bridge takes more people to the city than all of the other city bound lanes combined.
Initiatives for increasing priority for buses include:
- Bus and bus only lanes, bus bays and bus 'B' signals.
- Colouring all bus lanes red (excluding the M2 motorway bus lanes).
- Bus lane cameras.
- Transit lanes.
- T-way bus routes.
- A public transport priority traffic signal system.