DENVER — Though the High Occupancy Vehicle lane splitting I-25 was made partially for buses, one bus operator got stuck heading the wrong way on it Tuesday morning.
According to RTD spokesperson Scott Reed, the bus operator is “very new” and somehow got caught in the southbound lanes heading in a northbound direction near the I-70 overpass around 6:30 a.m.
RTD dispatchers quickly alerted the driver, who pulled over to the shoulder.
The HOV lane, which switches its direction of travel based on the rush hour, was not big enough for the bus to turn around, so the driver became stranded. Reed said there were a handful of passengers on the bus who were escorted away from the bus to a nearby Park-and-Ride stop by a supervisor vehicle.
According to a tweet from the Colorado Department of Transportation, the HOV lane was expected to be closed between Highway 36 and downtown Denver for approximately 30 to 45 minutes as of 7:10 a.m. to clear the wrong way bus.