The era of bus bays in Ottawa may not be over yet.

Yesterday, city council voted to review a previous policy that called for the gradual elimination of the extra lanes on the side of the road for buses to pull over to let passengers on and off.

The decision to remove the bays was made because buses tended to get stuck in the side lanes in heavy traffic, which threw off their schedules.

Stittsville Coun. Shad Qadri argued that problem exists without the bus bays.

Having buses frequently stopping and holding up hundreds of cars behind them is not an environmentally friendly scenario, said Knoxdale Merivale Coun. Gord Hunter, who opposed their elimination when the policy was first implemented.

Qadri proposed the motion to review the policy and have no further bays eliminated until a report is delivered to the transit committee.

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