- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A rapid transit system with traffic lanes limited to buses is being proposed as a way to ease gridlock on the busy Interstate 26 corridor between Summerville and Charleston.

The expressway is routinely jammed during rush hour.

Local media report a proposed $2 billion sales tax referendum would create dedicated bus lanes through North Charleston to speed travel and get more cars off the road.

Under the proposal, traffic lights on the bus lanes would be synchronized to allow the express buses to move more quickly. A recent study found that bus lanes are the most cost-effective ways to ease congestion, compared with creating a light rail system.

The referendum proposes other road projects and Charleston County Council decides Tuesday whether to put the referendum on the November ballot.

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