NYC issuing more bus lane tickets than ever before

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New York City is bus-ting more drivers for blocking bus lanes than ever before — together with one million being issued over the past three years.

City stats present the variety of tickets has risen steadily for the reason that company started utilizing bus lane cameras in 2010, as more automated surveillance has been rolled out.

Bus lane fines begin at $50 and go up by $50 for every new offense, with $250 the utmost penalty inside a 12-month interval.

“I think the bus lane tickets are just another excuse for the city to rape us for money. It’s insane that they’ve been on throughout the pandemic,” stated one Brooklynite who requested anonymity who has been caught by cameras close to her boyfriend’s place on Utica Avenue at the very least 10 occasions. “Speed camera and red light cameras, I understand, but bus lane? It makes no sense.”

But the MTA says robust cookies. Officials level to information displaying bus speeds have elevated on routes with bus lanes or busways and decreased in all places else. “Are you a bus? If the answer is no, avoiding a ticket is easy: Stay out of the bus lane,” stated spokesman Aaron Donovan.

Tickets issued by town’s “fixed location” cameras elevated this 12 months from roughly 356,000 in 2020 and 263,000 in 2019 to over 382,000 this 12 months via Nov. 4, in keeping with the DOT.

At the identical time, the state Legislature authorised using bus-mounted cameras for bus lane enforcement two years in the past. Former MTA transit boss Andy Byford, who was run out of city by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, had urged the state to enact this system, noting that “you can’t have a cop on every corner.”

Cars and trucks often block the red-painted bus lanes on H St. NW in Washington, DC.
Data present eight out of 10 drivers don’t commit a second bus lane violation after they obtain their first ticket.
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That authorization allowed the MTA to slap cameras on First Avenue, Second Avenue, 86th Street, thirty fourth Street and 14th Street in Manhattan and on Nostrand and Utica avenues in Brooklyn. Those cameras issued 108,746 tickets from October 2019 via this September, the MTA stated.

The DOT has 379 bus lane cameras at 192 areas — and plans so as to add more, spokesman Seth Stein stated.

“We are using every tool at our disposal to speed up buses, saving our fellow New Yorkers precious time with friends and family,” Stein stated in an announcement. “Bus lane cameras are critical to keeping lanes clear and incredibly effective at changing drivers’ behavior, and will continue to be key to speeding up bus service.”

Harlem uptown bus drives in the bus lane during the coronavirus pandemic on April 24, 2020
City stats present the variety of tickets has risen steadily for the reason that company started utilizing bus lane cameras in 2010.
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Stein stated DOT and MTA information present eight out of 10 drivers don’t commit a second bus lane violation after they obtain their first ticket. For bus-mounted cameras, that quantity is 87 %, Stein stated. Four out of 5 drivers don’t contest their tickets or pay instantly, in keeping with the DOT.

Tickets snapped by bus-mounted cameras are paid to the MTA whereas fines from the Department of Transportation’s “fixed location” cameras go to metropolis coffers.

“We would be more than happy to receive no revenue from this program,” he stated. “Because that means it works.”

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