Red Lane

KCBS Radio/Matt Bigler

San Francisco Forced To Hit Brakes On Red Lanes

Matt Bigler
August 14, 2019 - 10:13 am

SAN FRANCISCO — Those bright red transit only corridors - also known as Red Carpet Lanes - that have cropped up all over San Francisco are part of a federal pilot program designed to speed up buses and ease congestion.

The only problem is that they violate federal rules.  

Now, the whole program has been put on hold - after brothers who own the Shell gas station and car wash at Geary Boulevard and Cook Street complained to the feds. 

They were incensed over the fact that the lanes painted on the street forced their customers to make an illegal turn to enter their business or caused them to skip coming in altogether. 

As reported by KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier, Corey and Glenn Urban discovered that San Francisco officials had failed to follow federal rules - because they hadn't gathered transit data as required by the feds before the roads were painted.