DC Bus Priority Program
Important Information for For-Hire Vehicle Operators
Under Mayor Muriel Bowser’s leadership, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is working to improve bus travel speeds and reliability across the District. Through the Bus Priority Program, DDOT is implementing Car Free Lanes in several of the District’s busiest transit corridors. Signage, pavement markings, and red paint will designate the lanes as bus only.
This is an operational change that will impact for-hire ride operators, including taxis and private for-hire vehicles (such as Uber, Lyft, Via, etc.), that are no longer allowed to use Car Free Lanes, regardless of whether they are actively driving picking up or dropping off a passenger. These vehicles are prohibited from driving, stopping, or standing in these shared bus and bicycle lanes. For-Hire Vehicles are only allowed to enter a Car Free Lane to make a turn at an intersection or driveway, as permitted by signage. The fine for unauthorized vehicles driving in a Car Free Lane is $200.
For more information about Car Free Lanes, please visit ddot.dc.gov/carfreelanes.