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September 1
1916 BPR issues the regulations implementing the Federal-aid highway program authorized by the Federal Aid Road Act of 1916. The regulations incorporate most of the suggestions made by State highway officials during a meeting in Washington, DC, on August 16. Meanwhile, construction begins in Contra Costa County, CA, on the first Federal-aid project, a 2.55-mile segment of the road from the Alameda County line to Richmond. (See January 30, 1918.)
1967 Administrator Lowell Bridwell issues a position paper to State highway officials urging them to consider the use of reserved bus lanes at peak traffic hours on freeways. He notes that heavy use (120 to 180 buses per hour) would be needed to achieve public acceptance.
Photo: Shirley Highway in Northern Virginia
Shirley Highway in Northern Virginia, where reserved bus lanes ease congestion.
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