Transit Sam, Week of April 24, 2014

Thurs., April 24 – Wed., April 30
ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING RULES ARE IN EFFECT ALL WEEK  |   In the Lincoln Tunnel, the New York-bound south tube will close 11 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday. During the same hours, one inbound lane of the Holland Tunnel will close. That’ll spell major slow downs into Lower Manhattan and on Canal St. all night long.

The Tribeca Film Festival wraps up on Sunday. Watch out for extra traffic at the Tribeca Film Center on the east side of Greenwich St. between Franklin and N Moore Sts., at Tribeca Cinemas on Varick St. at Laight St., and B.M.C.C. Tribeca PAC on Chambers St. between Greenwich and West Sts.

The Tribeca Family Festival (associated with the Film Festival) will close Greenwich  St. between Chambers and Hubert Sts., North Moore and Harrison Sts. between West and Hudson Sts., Beach, Franklin, Jay, Duane, and Reade Sts. between Greenwich and Hudson Sts. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

The 9/11 Memorial Family Day will close Greenwich St. between Cortlandt and Liberty Sts. 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

On West St./Route 9A, one lane will close in each direction between West Thames St. and Vesey St. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

The Chelsea 8th Avenue Festival will close Eighth Ave. between 14th and 23rd St. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. This will affect northbound traffic, sending cars to Sixth Ave.

The east intersection of Broadway and Liberty St. will close 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. These closures will repeat next weekend, May 3 and 4.

 From the mailbag:

Dear Transit Sam,
Is it true that a double decker sightseeing tour bus street N.Y.C. License costs less than a street vendor?

If I’m correct, $50 or 13 cents a day gets a double decker tour bus the following: Their own Manhattan street bus lane — they begrudgingly share with the M.T.A. They dominate all M.T.A. stops anytime everyday even during rush hour.

They sit, idling belching fumes beneath apartment and office buildings as long as they want all day long. They disobey traffic laws. Ever see one pulled over and ticketed by N.Y.P.D.? It’s catch me if you can.

They operate 30-plus-year-old, rundown beat up imported surplus buses, violate eyesore billboard variances citywide with no limit. I’ve witnessed 4 Grayline buses at one M5 stop.

Shouldn’t these buses be paying $50 or $100 per day for all the access?
Charles, Tribeca

Dear Charles,
I confirmed your numbers and yes it seems a gross disparity to me.  I have forwarded your letter to the new commissioner of finance with a note saying that if you’re looking for revenue this may be an untapped source.
Transit Sam

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