Transit Sam, Week of Aug. 14, 2014

Last Summer Streets of 2014! If you haven’t gotten to go there, do so; it’s terrific and quiet with no cars. Centre St. will close between the Brooklyn Bridge and Foley Square and Lafayette St. will close 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.

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.

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 Holland Tunnel, one New York-bound lane will close 11 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday.

On West St./Route 9A, one lane will close in each direction between W. Thames and Vesey Sts. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Two northbound lanes will close between Chambers and 59th Sts. 10 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday.

Eminem and Rihanna perform at MetLife Stadium 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, which will jam the Lincoln Tunnel and send drivers down to the Holland.

A Stickball Classic will close Gouverneur St. between Madison and Water Sts. between noon and 6 p.m. Saturday.

The Community Board 1 Business Expo Street Festival will close Fulton St. between Water and Gold Sts. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. 

No trains at A,C,E, stations between 59th St.-Columbus Circle and Jay St.-MetroTech 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday nights. A trains run via the D in both directions between 59th St.-Columbus Circle and 34th St.-Herald Square, and via the F in both directions between 34th St.-Herald Square and Jay St.-MetroTech. C service ends early each night. E trains run via the M in both directions between Fifth Ave./53rd St. and 34th St.-Herald Square and via the F between 34th St.-Herald Square and the Second Ave. F station, the last stop.

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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One Response to Transit Sam, Week of Aug. 14, 2014

  1. So, theoretically, in a 2-hour ASP zone, a motorist could get at least 120 tickets?

    That's screwed up.

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