The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) will begin issuing bus lane camera violations along the Q52/Q53 Woodhaven-Cross Bay Boulevard Select Bus Service (SBS) route in Queens. 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.
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 prior, 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
- Q44, along the Main Street-Sutphin Boulevard SBS corridor
- Bx41, along the Webster Avenue SBS Corridor
- B46, along Utica Avenue, Broadway and Malcolm X Boulevard
- M23, along the 23rd Street SBS corridor
- Bx6, along 161st and 163rd Streets in the South Bronx
The State authorization allows the expansion of the City’s bus lane camera program to sixteen total routes. Additional camera-enforced routes will be added over time. DOT also works with the NYPD to enforce bus lanes citywide through traditional methods.