14th Street Busway Violators Face Fines Beginning Today

Erica Brosnan
December 02, 2019 - 4:32 pm
MTA bus

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Beginning Monday, people caught driving along the 14th Street busway in Manhattan will be subjected to fines.

The city will begin mailing tickets to anyone caught on camera driving in the bus-only zone between Third and Ninth avenues.

NYPD traffic agents will also stop drivers on the road and street cameras will enforce the restrictions. Bus-mounted surveillance cameras will also soon be used to catch violators.

Until Monday, drivers were just given warnings to stay off the busway as part of a two-month grace period.

Under the new rules, cars can only make pick-ups and drop-offs on 14th Street from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and are required to turn off the road at the next intersection.

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Fines start at $50 and increase by $50 increments for each violation to a maximum of $250.

The MTA says since the traffic restrictions began, bus travel times on 14th Street have climbed by 38%.