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July 3, 2013

On June 22nd, 2013, New York State lawmakers voted to allow New York City to install cameras to catch speeding motorists near schools. The bill approves a five-year pilot program that would allow the operation of 20 speed-camera systems in school speed zones.  Drivers who are caught speeding by the cameras would face a $50 NYC speeding ticket fine.

Mayor Bloomberg supported the bill, predicting that the speed cameras will help reduce injuries and deaths caused by cars speeding in school zones.

These new cameras will be added to the cameras that catch NYC motorists going through red lights and driving in bus lanes.

Opponents of the bill claim that these cameras serve only to generate revenue from NYC speeding tickets. One group, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, also believe that funds would be better directed hiring more police offers who can enforce the NYC speed limits and also be alert to other criminal activity.

In its coverage of the vote, The New York Times pointed out that speed cameras in NYC school zones has been an ongoing battle between NYC and New York State for years, primarily because this is a local issue that requires state approval. The fight over the speed cameras — similar proposals had stalled in Albany for years — was yet another example of how what are considered local issues often require state approval, to the frustration of city officials. New York City’s public advocate, Bill de Blasio, said on Saturday that the city should be given the authority to install speed or red-light cameras “without the need for an all-out legislative campaign in Albany.”

November 15, 2012

NYC is running a budget shortfall, and Mayor Bloomberg is hoping to raise NYC street parking meter rates as part of the effort to close the budget.

The budget gap is $2.5 billion in fiscal year 2014, and Bloomberg is planning to increase the cost of NYC school lunches and lay off some city workers to save $1.7 billion over the next two years. We’re also going to see an increase in NYC street parking meter rates.

  • South of 96th St in Manhattan: Increase from $3 to $3.50/hour
  • 96th St – 110th St in Manhattan: Increase from $1 to $1.50/hour
  • Lower Manhattan: New metered spaces will be installed in currently free or no parking zones.
  • City Parking Lots & Garages: Hourly and long term parking rates to increase

No word on when the increase for the NYC parking meters will happen.

Filed under: NYC Street Parking — Tags: , , — mtohn @ 5:14 pm
October 18, 2012

If you’re doing any NYC driving, please be careful. With probably more than 50,000 vehicles in Manhattan alone at any time (it’s a guess since there are 13,000 NYC taxis), NYC traffic is tough to navigate.

Mayor Bloomberg’s office has released it’s bi-annual Mayor’s Management Report, and the stats are not great for NYC traffic fatalities form July 2011 – June 2012:

  • 23% increase in NYC traffic fatalities.
  • Increase from 236 to 291. There were 310 NYC traffic fatalities in 2007.
  •  176 cyclist or pedestrian fatalities, up from 158 during July 2010 – June 2011.
  • 115 motorist or passenger deaths, up from 78 during July 2010 – June 2011.

According to The New York Times article, Bloomberg’s office is being pressed to explain these increases against its earlier claims that Read more…

Filed under: NYC Driving — Tags: , , , , — mtohn @ 5:51 pm
July 31, 2012
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More cars parked next to NYC Bicycle Lane, 1st Ave & 63rd St

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Cars parked next to the protected bike lane on NYC's 1st Ave

NYC Mayor Bloomberg has added 290 miles of bicycle lanes to NYC since 2002. They are most visible on 9th, 2nd, and 1st Aves, where the bike lanes are ‘protected’. A Protected Lane places the bicycle lane and a 2 foot buffer between the curb and a lane of car parking to protect the cyclists from traffic. After a little bit of market research, I believe these protected bike lanes are costing NYC revenue and parking spaces.

Full disclosure before I go any further. I am a fan of NYC public transportation. I regularly take the NYC bus and subways as well as walk. I take a taxi only when I’m in a rush, it’s late, or the subway or bus will take too long. I also drive to get in and out of Manhattan, but I rarely drive in the city. And I never ride a bicycle in NYC.

I wasn’t an early fan of the bicycle lanes because they took away one traffic lane that could be used by cars and taxis, and the new Select Service (fast) bus lanes on 1st & 2nd Aves also take away one lane of traffic.

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Cars parked curbside on E 85th St

But lately, these bicycle lanes feel like they’re doing more harm than good. A few days ago I took these photos of cars parked next to the protected bike lane on 1st Ave in the 60s (photos above). Read more…

September 28, 2011

Remember all the hullabaloo about Congestion Pricing a few years ago? It was Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to charge vehicles to enter Manhattan below 60th Street as an effort to reduce congestion from NYC traffic. It got voted down, and now it’s back.

There will be 22 entry points where vehicles will pay the NYC Congestion Pricing Toll.

What Will the Congestion Pricing Toll Plan Be?

The Rate is Unknown at this time.

Congestion Pricing Tolls would be in effect 24/7. Peak rates from 6am – 6pm. Lower rates on weekends and overnight.

NYC Taxis don’t have to pay a toll. But passengers will pay a $1 toll per trip. Read more…

March 22, 2011

nyc_parking_ticketAre you one of the 10 million people who got a NYC parking ticket in 2010 and decided not to fight it because the process was too hard? Would you have fought that ticket if you could do it online — and include all your evidence? Well now you can dispute a parking violation from NYC.

Until now, all you could do online was to give your argument in writing. But now you can attach pictures, documents, affidavits, anything that you believe will help your case to fight that NYC parking ticket. And this process will save you the time it takes to get there, wait, and then argue your case.

According to The New York Times City Room Blog, ‘tickets for parking violations and running red lights are an important source of revenue for the city, bringing in about $600 million each year’.

It’s worth a shot to fight that ticket.  About half of all disputed parking violations in NYC are dismissed. But many people believe that you have a better chance of fighting your parking ticket if you appear in person. That way a judge can ask you questions and you have the ability to answer. You’ll also be sure that all your evidence is considered. The experts at New York Parking Ticket also recommend fighting the NYC parking ticket either in person or by mail, where you have the opportunity to present all your evidence and you’ll be sure that the quality of any photos and documents is of a high standard.

March 16, 2011
Rejected 34th St Pedestrian Mall

Rejected 34th St Pedestrian Mall

If you drive in NYC on 34th Street, you may just be about to have a slower drive. And if you take the M34 bus, you may just have a faster ride.

Mayor Bloomberg’s office just announced a revised plan for 34th Street where cars and trucks would have just two lanes — one going east and one going west, at the inner roadways of the street. There would be separate eastbound and westbound NYC bus lanes outside these car and truck lanes.

This is actually a scaled-back plan from the earlier proposal, which called for concrete barriers that would have separated the NYC bus lanes from the car and truck traffic.  Since the bus lanes would have been closest to the curb, local retailers and NYC parking garage owners strongly objected, saying that they would lose business if street parking spaces and garage entrances were eliminated. The new plan might actually provide more street parking for NYC along 34th Street, more pedestrian walkway, and faster travel times.

Read the entire article in The New York Times.



There’s a storm brewing over the 2012 Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade route and Times Square retailers aren’t happy.

Traditionally, the parade travels down Broadway, through Times Square and ends at Herald Square, which is at the intersection of Broadway, Sixth Avenue (also called Avenue of the Americas), and 34th Street, and is the main entrance to Macy’s Department store.

But Macy’s has just decided to relocate the parade in 2012 and 2013 from Times Square to Sixth Avenue for safety reasons, particularly since the city will be working on the pedestrian plazas in Times Square.

Who isn’t happy? Read more…

February 1, 2011

The MTA’s new Select Bus Service and other improvements have installed Bus Lanes to help increase travel speed for bus travelers. the Bus Lanes are painted a dark reddish-brown and you can be fined up to $150 if you’re found drivign in one of them when you shouldn’t be there. Bus Lanes have posted signs telling you when you can and can’t drive in the lane.

Here’s everything you need to know about the NYC Bus Lanes.

What’s the Fine? If you drive, park, or stand in a bus lane during hours of operation you face fines ranging from $115 to $150. The City enforces bus lanes in two ways: Read more…

September 5, 2010

The MTA is at it again — talking about raising MetroCard prices. Right now, we’re paying $2.25 for a single ride, $27 for a weekly card, and $89 for an unlimited monthly card.

Just last month, in July, the MTA was talking about a $104 unlimited monthly card, a $99 monthly card with 90 rides, and a $29 weekly card.

But on August 23rd, the whopping cost of $130 for a monthly card was being tossed about — that’s a 46% increase! And the MTA also mentioned a $38 weekly card and a $2.50 single card ride. Check out the Public Notices, like the one below.10-08-23_mta_unlimited_1301

Read more…

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