With support from the Federal Highway Administration, New York City will be the first locality in the United States to test painted bus lanes, the city’s Department of Transportation announced today.

Photo: New York City Department of Transportation

As part of a trial period, existing bus lanes on East 57th Street, from Second to Fifth Avenues, and on Fordham Road, from University Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, are being painted terra cotta, a deep red like the color of bricks. If the experiment works, officials hope that more motorists will stay out of the lanes, which are used during the morning and evening rush, on weekdays.