Transit Sam, Week of March 27, 2014

Thurs., March 27 – Wed., April 2  |  ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING RULES ARE IN EFFECT ALL WEEK
Thursday night traffic turbulence getting to Lower Manhattan once again. Under the Hudson River, the Lincoln Tunnel’s south tube to New York will close 11 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday, sending inbound traffic south to the Holland Tunnel. No easygoing there either, since one New York-bound lane will close during the same hours. Heading in across the East River? All Manhattan-bound lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge will close 11 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday. That means drivers will take the Manhattan or Williamsburg bridges instead, and traffic will be heavy on Canal and Delancey Sts.

On West Street/Route 9A between West Thames and Barclay Sts., one northbound lane will close 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights. One southbound lane will close 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays and 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights. Two northbound lanes will close 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. weeknights and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Two southbound lanes will close midnight to 5 a.m. weeknights and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Rector St. will close between Greenwich and Washington Sts. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Rector will also close between Washington and West Sts. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Fulton St. will close between Broadway and Nassau St. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

In Soho, Mulberry St. will close between Prince and Jersey Sts. and between Jersey and East Houston Sts. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Jersey St. will close between Lafayette and Mulberry Sts. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Bleecker St. will close between Mulberry and Mott Sts., and between Mulberry and Lafayette Sts. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Mott and Mulberry Sts. will close between Bleecker and East Houston Sts. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

From the mailbag:

Dear Transit Sam,
I got a parking ticket recently on a residential street where there was a No Parking 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. sign. I have 2 questions:

1. There was only one sign, hidden behind a tree, not so visible, and no second sign where the restriction should end. Is this a valid defense?

2. The ticket was signed only with two letters, like initials, not even one full name. Is this ticket valid?
Dave, New York

Dear Dave, 
The first point might be a supportable defense, but keep this in mind: only one sign is needed to cover an entire block, and that sign is in effect to the next posted sign or the corner of the block. That means there doesn’t need to be a second sign to show the restriction has ended.

To try the “one posted sign, not visible’ defense”: submit photos of the entire block, corner to corner, including the address where you parked, as well as photos of all signs on the street (front and back) and the signs showing the street name.  Most likely, if you convince the judge, you’ll get a reduced fine.

As for signing with initials, everyone signs their name differently. You probably won’t be able to argue the signature successfully.
Transit Sam

–  Email your traffic and transit questions to transitsam@downtownexpress.com.

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One Response to Transit Sam, Week of March 27, 2014

  1. Just a slight correction: You write "In Soho, Mulberry St. will close between Prince and Jersey Sts. and between Jersey and East Houston Sts. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Jersey St. will close between Lafayette and Mulberry Sts. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Bleecker St. will close between Mulberry and Mott Sts., and between Mulberry and Lafayette Sts. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Mott and Mulberry Sts. will close between Bleecker and East Houston Sts. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday."

    Just take out "In Soho" …none of these spots are located in Soho.

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