Press Release #21-009
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Contact: Scott Gastel/ Lolita Avila (212) 839-4850
DOT to Begin Issuing Bus Lane Camera Violations Along Jay Street Busway
DOT has now activated cameras along 28 corridors, keeping them clear for buses and reducing commute times for hundreds of thousands of daily bus riders.
Issuance of violations will begin on Monday, March 8, 2021
The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) will begin issuing bus lane camera violations along the Jay Street busway in Downtown Brooklyn. Jay Street between Livingston Street and Tillary Street hosts seven bus routes (B26, B54, B57, B61,B62, B65, and B67) carrying 46,000 passengers per weekday. The 0.8-mile busway allows for bus and truck priority from Tillary to Livingston Streets weekdays between 7 am and 7 pm.
The Jay Street busway launched in August 2020 and was the first busway of Mayor de Blasio’s Better Buses Restart plan to be implemented. Since its implementation, the busway has brought improvements to travel time and overall traffic on the corridor. In October 2020, weekday bus speeds increased from 27% to 79% Southbound and from 45% to 81% Northbound when compared to 2019. The corridor also saw up to a 45% reduction of all traffic during AM and PM peak hours. DOT will continue to monitor the progress of the busway pilot, ending August 2021, as it remains committed to increasing bus speeds and automated camera enforcement of bus lanes across the city, two critical ways to keep New Yorkers moving.
The corridor has signage indicating the hours of the busway and that the bus lane is camera enforced. To ensure that drivers were informed about the program, DOT issued warnings to motorists for a minimum of 60 days per state law. Since violations are issued against the vehicle, not the driver, points are not deducted from motorists’ licenses. A single violation will cost $50, however, increased fines will be added for repeated offenders.
Camera enforcement is also already in effect for the following routes:
- Bx12, along the Fordham Road SBS corridor
- M15, along the First Avenue and Second Avenue SBS corridors
- M34, along the 34th Street SBS corridor
- M60, along the 125th Street SBS corridor
- B44, along the Nostrand Avenue and Rogers Avenue SBS corridor
- S79, along the Hylan Boulevard-Richmond Avenue SBS corridor
- Q44, along the Main Street-Sutphin Boulevard SBS corridor
- Bx41, along Webster Avenue SBS corridor
- B46, along Utica Avenue, Broadway, and Malcolm X Boulevard SBS corridor
- M23, along the 23rd Street SBS corridor
- Q52/Q53, along the Woodhaven Boulevard corridor, Broadway, and Beach 59th Street
- Bx6, along East 161st Street SBS corridor
- B82, along Kings Highway SBS corridor
- Q58, southbound along Fresh Pond Road
- B35, along Church Avenue
- M86, along 86th Street
- Q4/Q5, along the Jamaica Avenue
- B25, along Fulton Street
- B17, along Rockaway Parkway
- Bx19, along the East 149th Street corridor
- M103, along Lexington and 3rd Avenues
- M1/M55, along Broadway
- M42, along West 42nd Street
- M14, along the 14th Street corridor
- M3/M4, along 5th Avenue
- M1/M2/M3/M4, along Madison Avenue
- Q17/Q19/ Q20a/Q20b/Q25/Q27/Q34/Q44 SBS/Q50/Q65/Q66, along Main Street, which is currently in the warning period.