Transit Sam, Week of Feb. 27, 2014

Thurs., Feb. 27 – Wed., March 5

ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING RULES ARE SUSPENDED WEDNESDAY FOR ASH WEDNESDAY
Prepare for nocturnal gridlock getting into Lower Manhattan Thursday night. The New York-bound south tube of the Lincoln Tunnel will close 11 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday, sending some drivers south to the Holland. Meanwhile, one inbound tunnel lane in the Holland will also close 11 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday. 

Your luck won’t be much better crossing the East River – all Manhattan bound lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge will close 11 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday (as well as midnight Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday, and 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Wednesday nights). That’ll send westbound drivers to the Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges, and right onto Canal and Delancey Sts.

No F trains in either direction between Jay St. and W. 4 St. 10 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday. F trains will run via the A line. For service to Broadway-Lafayette, take the D train.

No trains at N, Q, or R stations in Manhattan 10 p.m. through 5 a.m. Monday through Wednesday nights. N trains run only in Queens and Brooklyn. Q trains run via the D line in Manhattan. R service ends early in Manhattan. Use nearby stations on the Eighth, Seventh, Sixth and Lexington avenue lines instead.

Beginning Friday and continuing through June, a new traffic pattern is coming to Worth St. courtesy of the Hudson St. Trunk Water Main project. Worth St. between Hudson St. and West Broadway will allow only westbound traffic, from West Broadway to Hudson. Northbound traffic on Hudson St. will no longer be able to turn right on Worth St. Franklin St. is the detour for Worth St. traffic from Hudson St.

Rector St. will close between West and Washington Sts. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Washington St. will close between Albany and Rector Sts. during the same hours. These closures will repeat the next two weekends.

Franklin St. will close between Greenwich and Hudson Sts. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Eastbound traffic will be detoured to Harrison St., one block south.

Park Place will close between W. Broadway and Greenwich St. 7 a.m. Saturday through 7 p.m. Sunday. Eastbound traffic will be detoured to Warren St., two blocks north.

From the mailbag:

Dear Transit Sam,
I don’t agree with your advice regarding flashing DON’T WALK signals. The NYC Traffic Rules, Section 4-03, sub c-2 states that a pedestrian in the roadway when the DON’T WALK signal starts to flash, should go to the nearest sidewalk or safety island. I have had discussions with D.O.T. personnel in the past and they agree with you. However, if the N.Y.P.D. starts enforcing jaywalking more rigorously, an officer would be justified in summonsing a pedestrian who fails to go to the nearest sidewalk/safety island. Perhaps D.O.T. should remove the word “nearest” from the rule.
Charles, Retired Co Traffic Operations, Traffic Control Division, NYPD

Dear Charles,
Wow!  I never read it that way.  But, you’re right, a very literal interpretation means if a person just stepped into the street, and the DON’T WALK starts flashing, they should turn around and go back to the sidewalk. That’s not what we traffic engineers intended. I’ll let the D.O.T. know and maybe their linguists can straighten this out.
Transit Sam

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