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Tennessee Senate approves rapid transit bill for buses on highway

from The Tennessean

Drivers in Middle Tennessee may soon see buses passing them on the highway. The state Senate voted 24-4 in favor of a bill that would create a rapid transit system along Tennessee's interstates. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville, would allow drivers operating buses owned by a publicly owned transit company to pass vehicles on the right while operating on the shoulder or right-of-way on any state or interstate highway. The initiative is one being done in nearly a dozen other states, including North Carolina and Georgia. The basis of the bill is an attempt to alleviate congestion and create a fast-flowing, reasonably priced public transit system. more


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