Transit Sam, Jan. 16, 2014

Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is a Summons Alert Day! It’s no 3-day weekend for parking rules. Only alternate side parking is suspended on Monday. All other rules, including meters, are still in effect.

All Manhattan-bound lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge will close 11 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday, midnight Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday, midnight Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday, and 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Wednesday nights. Expect extra traffic on the Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges, as well as in the Battery Tunnel. Canal, Delancey, and West Sts. will slow down correspondingly.

Loads of street closures in Tribeca and the Financial District this week: Washington St. will fully close between Laight and Hubert Sts. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays through mid-February. During the closures, northbound traffic will be rerouted to Hudson St. During non-working hours, one lane will be open to traffic.

Dutch St. will close between Fulton and John Sts. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Pine St. will close during the same time between Pearl and Water Sts. Thames St. will close between Trinity Pl. and Broadway 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday through Wednesday nights.

York St. will close between Sixth Ave. and St. Johns Lane 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. St. Johns Lane will close between Laight and Beach Sts. during the same period.

Nassau St. will periodically close between Ann and Beekman Sts. through the end of the month. During the closures, northbound traffic will be rerouted to William St.

Theatre Alley will close 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays through the end of the month.

No E trains between World Trade Center and Roosevelt Ave. 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Wednesday nights.  Take the A or C trains instead.

From the mailbag:

Dear Transit Sam,
What is the purpose of painted stop lines on the pavement? I stopped at one which was at least 4 feet before the stop sign and then proceeded through the intersection. I was given a ticket for going through the sign. Was I supposed to stop twice? I assumed I was to stop at the line so as not to get too close to crossing pedestrians.
Jeff, New York

Dear Jeff,
The purpose of stop lines is to improve visibility of pedestrians, especially for trucks. You were correct to stop once, at the stop line, and proceed through the intersection. Fight the ticket: explain that you fully stopped at the stop line, verified that it was safe to continue, and proceeded ahead.  Bring photos of the stop line, the stop sign, the street signs, and the intersection. Write back if your petition is denied.
Transit Sam

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