The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) will begin issuing bus lane camera violations along the Q44Bronx-Flushing-Jamaica Select Bus Service (SBS) route starting Monday, March 7th, 2016. DOT has been issuing warnings to motorists based on the cameras for more than 60 days. Buses in New York City carry over 2.5 million riders each day, and automated camera enforcement of bus lanes (where permitted) is a critical way to keep New Yorkers moving.
Motorists who drive or stand in the bus lane during designated hours will receive $115 violations. Each corridor has signage indicating the hours that the bus lanes are operable, and that the lanes are camera enforced. DOT issues warnings to motorists for at least 60 days per state law when the cameras are first operated to ensure that drivers are informed about the program. Since violations are issued against the vehicle, not the driver, points are not deducted from motorists’ licenses.
Camera enforcement is also already 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
The State authorization allows the expansion of the City’s bus lane camera program to sixteen total routes. Additional SBS routes will be added over time. DOT also works with the NYPD to enforce bus lanes citywide through traditional methods.