Transit Sam, week of Aug. 7, 2014

Thurs., Aug. 7 – Wed., Aug.13


The D.O.T.’s Summer Streets program will close Centre St. between the Brooklyn Bridge and Foley Square, and Lafayette St. between Foley Square and Astor Pl. (and Park Ave. all the way up to E 72nd St.) 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Manhattan-bound traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge will take the F.D.R. Drive or the Park Row South exit. The following crosstown streets will remain open to cars: Chambers, Reade, Worth, Canal, Broome, and Houston Sts. Warning: Cars will be towed from Centre, Lafayette, and Park starting at 11 p.m. Friday night. This event will repeat next Sat., Aug. 16.

N.F.L. games are back and although it’s just preseason more than 50,000 fans will trek to MetLife Stadium Thursday night and Saturday night.  The Jets face the Colts Thursday at 7 p.m. and the Giants take on the Steelers at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.  Expect extra traffic at the Holland as drivers jam the Lincoln. If you’re staying late after the Jets game, avoid returning via the Holland Tunnel.  One New York-bound lane will close 11 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday.

In the Battery Tunnel, one tube will close 9 p.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Sunday, leaving one lane open in each direction in the other tube.

On the Brooklyn Bridge, all Manhattan-bound lanes will close 11 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday, midnight Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday, and 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Wednesday nights. Drivers will instead take the Battery Tunnel and Manhattan Bridge, making for slowdowns on West St. and Canal St., respectively.

In the Lincoln Tunnel, the New York-bound tube will close midnight Friday night to 8 a.m. Saturday morning. This will send Manhattan-bound traffic down to the Holland Tunnel.

In the Battery Park Underpass, the north tube (from the southbound F.D.R. to northbound West St.) will close midnight Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday.

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

Brooklyn-bound A and C trains run via the F from W. Fourth St. to Jay St.-MetroTech 11:45 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday. That means no downtown service at Canal, Chambers, and Fulton Sts. For service to these stations, take the A or F to Jay St and transfer to a Manhattan-bound A train.

Franklin St. will close to through traffic between Hudson and Greenwich Sts. beginning Monday for work on the Hudson Street Trunk Water Mains Project.


From the mailbag:

Dear Transit Sam,

I parked on the wrong side of the street during alternate side parking – my mistake, I have no problem paying the ticket. Problem is, I received two tickets, the second one issued ten minutes after the first. Each was issued by a different traffic enforcement officer. Isn’t this double jeopardy? What should I do?

Jacob, New York


Dear Jacob,

There is no double jeopardy for parking regulations – the law says as long as a vehicle is in violation, it can be cited. That means the second ticket is valid. I recommend you mail in both tickets, with a check enclosed for the fine of the first ticket. With the second ticket, write a letter explaining that you admit fault for the first ticket, but would like the second to be dismissed. Since the tickets were only issued ten minutes apart, you may get some leniency. You can present all this information in person too. Write back if the second ticket isn’t dismissed.

Transit Sam

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