Transit Sam, Week of Nov. 7, 2013


Happy Veterans Day! I salute all of our courageous veterans. The Veterans Day Festival will close Broadway between Morris and Beaver Sts., as well as between Liberty St. and Battery Pl., plus Whitehall St. between Stone and Water Sts. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.

The Veterans Day Parade in Midtown will close Fifth Ave. between 26th and 56th Sts., and runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. However, veterans will start assembling an hour earlier so please show respect and avoid driving in the area.

Lower Manhattan gets affected as drivers heading crosstown take 14th St. and Houston St. as they switch from the Lincoln Tunnel to the Holland.

Tough going over and under the East River this weekend! The Brooklyn Bridge and Brookyn-Battery (Hugh L. Carey) Tunnel will both get hit, meaning more traffic on the Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges, and on Canal and Delancey Sts.

On the Brooklyn Bridge, all Manhattan-bound lanes will close midnight Friday to 6 a.m. Monday. The same closure will repeat 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Monday, and Tuesday nights.

One tube of the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel will close 9 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday. The remaining tube will carry one lane of traffic in each direction. Expect slowdowns on West St. and on the Manhattan and outbound Brooklyn bridges. This closure will repeat two more weekends this month.

In the south tube of the Battery Park Underpass (from West St./Route 9A to the F.D.R.), one of two lanes will close 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through the end of the month.

The Giants go for win number 3 (in a row!) against the Raiders 1 p.m. Sunday at MetLife Stadium, so the Holland Tunnel will get hit with traffic avoiding the Lincoln.

On West St./Route 9A, one lane will close in both directions between West Thames and Vesey Sts. 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday nights, and 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights.

Rector St. will close intermittently between West and Greenwich Sts. daily through Nov. 15, with occasional 24-hour closures.

Nassau St. will periodically close between Ann and Beekman Sts. through Nov. 15. While the block is closed, northbound traffic will be detoured to William St.

From the mailbag:

Dear Transit Sam,
I am a limo driver and we get hit with lots of tickets.  This time I was sitting in the car when traffic enforcement came over and wrote a ticket.  I took three pictures of this action while I was sitting in the car.  I was not asked for my license or registration.  I thought I saw in your column that this was a reason for dismissal. I plan on sending in the three copies of the pictures and pleading not guilty.  Would this work or should I just give up?
Ken, New York

Dear Ken,
You’re right – this is a reason for dismissal, and your pictures will help you make the case. The ticket qualifies for an automatic dismissal since the officer did not include required info about your registration (state of registration, expiration date) nor did he request your ID or note your refusal to show it. Present this column along with the ticket showing the missing info at your hearing. Write back if it isn’t dismissed.
Transit Sam

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