Transit Lane Enforcement

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Transit Lane Enforcement
Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, July 27, 2023 10:20 AM

Third Activation of 2023, 19th Overall


NYCDOT to Issue Warning Notices to Violators for First 60 Days of Implementation


The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced the activation


of automated bus lane enforcement (ABLE) cameras on the Q58 bus route in Queens,


the second busiest bus route in the city last year. ABLE cameras capture drivers


violating bus lane rules in real-time and is aimed at deterring motorists from blocking


these lanes to improve bus service and reduce crashes. Average daily ridership on


 the Q58 is 28,700, as the route carried 6.7 million riders


by the end of 2022.



Based on May 2023 data, the average speed on the Q58 is 7.6 mph, 10 percent slower


than the average Queens Local or Limited route. ABLE enforced routes have seen


 improvement of speeds of approximately 5 percent, with an average 20 percent


decrease in collisions, and most motorists who receive a notice or violation are unlikely


to become repeat offenders. Based on previous data collected, only 7 percent of


drivers receive more than two summonses for violating the rules of a bus lane.


This is indicative of ABLE cameras’ effectiveness in influencing driver behavior”


Additionally, since implementation in October 2019, New York City Department of


Transportation (NYC DOT) has issued 269,000 violations. As the program expanded to


more routes, 84,000 violations have been issued between January and May 2023,


making up for about a third of the total in just five months. With the activation on this


 route, the MTA will have 555 buses equipped with ABLE cameras on 19 routes across


Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island and Queens. Locations were determined


to maximize the length of bus lanes covered, balance distribution between boroughs,


 address some of the newer bus lanes, and incorporate input from the MTA and NYCDOT


on known locations with issues.


Upon implementation of ABLE cameras on the Q58, NYCDOT will issue warning notices


 to motorists for the first 60 days, in accordance with State law, to ensure drivers are


informed about the program before any fines are levied. Each bus lane corridor with


ABLE camera coverage has signage indicating the hours that the bus lanes are operable


and advises drivers that the lanes are camera-enforced. Drivers who violate these rules


during enforcement periods are subject to a summons, with fines beginning at $50

and escalating, for repeat offenders, up to $250.

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