Push for tighter bus lane enforcement
by Salvatore Isola
May 28, 2019 | 687 views | 0 0 comments | 100 100 recommendations | email to a friend | print
When Fulton Hou was in school, he tried to make his classes on time. He took the Q27 to the Q30, then the 7 train. In total, the commute took about 90 minutes.

However, that doesn’t take into account the delay when a car parked in the bus lane.

When that happened he often missed his connecting bus, leaving him to wait anywhere between 15 and 30 minutes for the next one.

“I needed to make sure they’re all synchronized, so if one bus gets a little delayed that exponentially prolongs the trip,” he said.

Transit advocates are supporting a new bill that would allow the MTA to install bus-mounted cameras to catch people who drive or park in the bus lane.

“The MTA is making significant improvements to bus service,,” said Nick Sifuentes, executive director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. “But the thing that we’re missing now is enforcement of our bus lanes.

If bus lanes are going to work,” he added, “we need to make sure people aren’t using the bus lanes illegally.”

According to Sifuentes, bus lane enforcement would speed up bus service by 17 percent.

Since 2015, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic has sponsored the bill, and she spoke about the importance of passing it before the legislative period ends.

“It is critical that we push for service enhancements that will have a significant impact on the way transit riders experience public transit,” said Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, a sponsor of the bill. “Lane enforcement is essential to ensuring lanes remain clear for the thousands of passengers who rely on local bus service."

At last weeks press conference in front of the Q44 SBS stop at Booth Memorial Avenue and Main Street in Flushing, the bus could be seen dodging cars parked in the bus lane.

“We want to make transit much more attractive to people, and getting the buses to move quicker is clearly going to get more people on the buses and out of their cars,” said State Senator John Liu.

Revenues from enforcement would go to the MTA, which supporters of the bill would like to see used for the MTA's Fast Forward plan to improve bus and subway service.

“I hope we generate zero revenues from this because we just want the bus lanes clear,” said Liu.
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