The autumn winds have unwrapped some new signage on Interstate 93 north of Boston, revealing MassDOT's plans to allow buses to run in the breakdown lane on one of the region's most congested highways.
On Tuesday morning, an MBTA spokesperson confirmed that the T had collaborating with MassDOT to allow buses to run on the shoulders of I-93 during periods of peak congestion, giving transit a faster bypass route around stop-and-go traffic.
The spokesperson said that MBTA buses, MVRTA buses, and Massport's Logan Express buses would be able to use the shoulder.
Though it appears to be a first for the Boston region, several other states allow buses to run in the breakdown lane to avoid heavy traffic, including C-TRAN in Vancouver, Washington. Here's a video that explains how it works there: