The transit-only lane on King Street will start Oct. 22

The north lane of the downtown artery will be closed from Mary Street to New Street to all traffic except transit vehicles for the one-year pilot project.

City crews are working to install signage and paint new lane markings ahead of the changeover.

Bus only lane

This is the sign that will signal the bus-only lane. (CBC)

Unless there are delays, the lane will be operational by Oct. 22, the city said in a Thursday news release. The lane was supposed to be in place at the end of September, but was delayed.

The transit-only lane will bump parking on the north side of King Street East to the south side. Businesses will also have to rely on the south lane for loading.

Only buses, as well as emergency vehicles, will be able to drive in the lane. Taxi cabs and DARTS vans will be permitted to stop on it briefly to drop off and pick up passengers.

Other vehicles will be only permitted to cross the lane to make a turn or to enter into a driveway.

The city said fines will apply for drivers who violate the new rules.