BROWARD (CBSMiami) – Public buses will be receiving preferential treatment in Tamarac starting Wednesday.

The Florida Department of Transportation, in coordination with Broward County Transit and Broward County Traffic Engineering, are fitting a limited number of buses on the 441 Breeze route with transponders.

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The transponders will trigger traffic lights to become red when they reach intersection of State Road 7 and Prospect Road, which has been equipped with Bus Only signal.

While the intersection traffic lights are red, the northbound right turn lane and the Bus Only signal will be green for a brief period.

The northbound buses will use the right turn only lane to pass vehicles and go through the intersection. Vehicles in the right turn only lane will still be able to make their right turn.

After the buses have cleared, the traffic lights will return to their normal cycle.

FDOT said the project is meant to keep buses moving through the intersection at a faster pace and improve traffic flow for motorists.

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The bus travel times will be recorded during the test runs and will take approximately two to three weeks to analyze, according to officials. They will use information to determine whether or not to continue using the signal at Prospect Road.

Officials said there are no plans at this time to add additional Bus Only traffic signals at other intersections in the county.

Law enforcement will be on hand to direct traffic in case the new system causes confusion among motorist.

Here are the signal test dates/times on Prospect Road:

  • Wednesday, September 10th from 6:45 to 9:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, September 11th from 3:45 to 6:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday September 16th from 6:45 to 9:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday September 17th from 3:45 to 6:15 p.m.
  • If needed, additional runs will be conducted on Thursday, September 18th.

 

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