Thursday, October 14, 2010
Keep out of those bus lanes, drivers ... NYPD steps up ticketing of motorists caught on buses' turf
Hundreds of drivers have been ticketed for invading bus-only lanes at the center of the city's effort to speed up East Side buses, authorities said Wednesday.
Between Sunday and Tuesday, NYPD officers issued 378 tickets for bus-lane violations along First Ave., Second Ave., and other thoroughfares designated for the new Select Bus Service.
The new service, a joint project of the Bloomberg administration and the MTA, got off to a bumpy start, with buses slowed by the usual culprits like double-parkers and red lights.
"We are seeing an extraordinary level of cooperation from the city and the NYPD, and we are committed to making SBS a world class transit service," NYC Transit spokesman Charles Seaton said. "Today we saw some improvement in travel time and in customer familiarity with the new method of fare payment."