City to ramp up enforcement on drivers who use express bus lane

The new BX6 Select.

The city’s transportation department has activated cameras along the Bx6 Select Bus Service route through Longwood and Hunts Point, to help crack down on drivers who slow down the new buses by using those express lanes.

The DOT has announced it will ramp up enforcement along 10 SBS rotes citywide by activating the cameras, in efforts to keep the lanes clear and reduce commute times for express buses, and will begin issuing violations on Friday, Jan. 12.

In addition to the Bx6, camera enforcement is now in effect for the following routes:
•                  Bx12, along the Fordham Road SBS corridor
•                  M15, along the First Avenue and Second Avenue SBS corridors
•                  M34, along the 34th Street SBS corridor
•                  M60, along the 125th Street SBS corridor
•                  B44, along the Nostrand Avenue and Rogers Avenue SBS corridor
•                  S79, along the Hylan Boulevard-Richmond Avenue SBS corridor
•                  Q44, along the Main Street-Sutphin Boulevard SBS corridor
•                  Bx41, along Webster Avenue
•                  B46, along Utica Avenue, Broadway and Malcom X Boulevard
•                  M23, along the 23rd Street SBS corridor

The DOT has posted signage in those lanes, indicating the hours that the bus lanes are operable, and that the lanes are camera enforced. State law requires the transportation department to issue warnings to motorists at least 60 days prior to the cameras becoming operational.

To cushion the blow, however, violations are issued against the vehicles, not drivers. As a result, points are not deducted from motorists’ licenses.

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