Transit priority solutions improve the speed, capacity and reliability of bus and streetcar service. Giving buses or streetcars priority on a street can be achieved through a range of solutions.

Transit priority solutions specific to each community will be identified for the roadways that score highest in the evaluation in Phase 3, through extensive study, design work and consultation with the public. The transit priority solutions for specific roadways are not being selected in the current phase (Phase 1).

Once implemented, the success of transit priority roadways will be determined by assessing bus reliability, travel times for buses and autos, bus capacity and positive impacts on equity.

Examples of priority solutions that may be implemented include:

  • Queue jump or queue bypass lanes
  • Transit signal priority
  • Traffic signal coordination
  • Bus bulbs or bus bays
  • Near- or far-side stops
  • Signs and pavement markings
  • Pedestrian crossing facilities
A queue jump lane allows buses to manoeuvre around an extended through-traffic queue, load/unload passengers and proceed ahead of the general traffic queue.
Example of a queue jump lane paired with a near-side transit stop. Illustration: Metrolinx.
A queue by-pass lane allows buses to manoeuvre around an extended through-traffic queue, proceed through the intersection with assistance of transit signal priority, and load/unload on the far-side of an intersection in a receiving bus-only lane
Example of a bypass lane paired with a far-side transit stop. Illustration: Metrolinx.
Bus pulling into bus bulb with car behind it.
Example of a bus bulb. Illustration: Metrolinx.
Buses moving into bus bays to stop at a bus stop
Example of a bus bay. Illustration: Metrolinx.
  • Curbside bus lanes
  • Offset bus lanes
  • Contra-flow bus lanes
  • High-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes
  • Transit malls
A bus travelling on the RapidTO: Eglinton East Bus Lanes identifed by the red pavement paint and markings.
Example of a curbside bus lane: RapidTO: Eglinton East Bus Lanes (Toronto, ON).
A bus driving towards an intersection on an offset bus lane
Example of an offset bus lane, which allows for curbside parking or loading: Webster Avenue in the Bronx (New York, NY). Photo: Metrolinx.
Two buses travelling side-by-side, as one bus is it is travelling on the HOV lanes on Don Mills Road.
Example of an HOV lane: Don Mills Rd / Overlea Blvd / Pape Ave, between Finch Ave E and Danforth Ave (Toronto, ON). Photo: Metrolinx.
People boarding/alighting a streetcar on King Street
Example of transit mall: King Street Transit Priority Corridor (Toronto, ON).
  • Transit shelters
  • Accessible ramps for streetcars
  • Real-time transit arrival panels
  • Lighting around transit stops
  • Street furniture (e.g. benches, newspaper boxes and litter boxes)
  • Wide, evenly-paved areas for boarding
  • Connections to sidewalks
  • Tactile walking surface indicators and curb cuts
  • Ring and post bicycle stands
A transit shelter and litterbox at a transit stop in front of a parking lot.
Example of a transit shelter and litter box at a transit stop.
Yellow "Yield to Pedestrians" sign near an accessible streetcar ramp, with a person boarding a streetcar in the background.
Example of an accessible streetcar ramp.
An intersection with tactile walking surface indicators and curb cuts
Example of tactile walking surface indicators and curb cuts at an intersection.
View of King Street with people sitting on the Muskoka chairs while a streetcar arrives at a stop with bicycle ring and post stands on the sidewalk
Example of ring and post stands at a transit stop.