Taxi customers saving travel time as cabs approved to use bus lanes

A one-year pilot program to allow taxis to to travel in bus lanes ended today with a unanimous council vote to make the change permanent, ensuring that taxi passengers will continue to achieve better travel times on key routes.

City analysis during the trial showed that taxis using the bus lanes saved up to 32 percent on travel time, meaning lower fares for passengers, quicker trips and better service.

The Vancouver Taxi Association ensured the trial program was a major success, overcoming concerns at Translink and among city staff that the change would interfere with bus traffic.