Off-site Queuing Lane

Another strategy to improve the safety and efficiency of the drop-off and pick-up process is the use of off-site queuing lanes.

The street in this photograph is a major collector. During arrival and departure of students, the right lane is marked no parking and the motor vehicles line up for drop off and pick up. As students are loaded or unloaded from the vehicles at the drop-off and pick-up zone the vehicles in the queue advance. Off-site queuing lanes, in conjunction with drop-off and pick-up lanes and assistants to help students enter and exit motor vehicles, can speed up and improve the safety of the loading and unloading process.

In some instances, striping a center turn lane on a collector street can provide a queuing area for left-turning drivers waiting to enter the school drop-off and pick-up area without blocking other traffic using the street.

Tool: Off-site queuing lane

What is it and how does it work?

  • Orderly line of motor vehicles on street adjacent to school waiting to pull into the drop-off and pick-up zone.

Benefits strategy provides

  • Reduces conflict with non-school traffic.
  • Speeds up and provides order to the drop-off and pick-up process.

Key factors to consider

  • Clearly delineate queue.
  • Do not block non-school traffic with queue.
  • Does the public right-of-way provide sufficient space for the vehicles or does the needed width infringe on private property?
  • Do not extend the vehicle queue through a student crosswalk.