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More Bus Lane Cameras Coming to N.Y.C.

New state legislation will allow the city to expand the network of cameras and step up enforcement.
July 1, 2019, 12pm PDT | Camille Fink
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"Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign a state spending bill that includes a measure allowing [New York City] and Metropolitan Transportation Authority to expand the number of automated cameras enforcing bus-lane rules," reports Ryan Deffenbaugh. The measure will lift restrictions that limit the routes where cameras can be located and will allow enforcement beyond the current 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. period.

Transit advocates say the dedicated bus lanes keep buses moving, but buses are slowed down when they have to maneuver around illegally parked vehicles and other vehicles driving in the lanes.

"The legislation should help Mayor Bill de Blasio deliver on his pledge to increase bus speeds in the city, which are the slowest among the country's major cities, averaging just 7 mph.," notes Deffenbaugh.

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Published on Monday, June 24, 2019 in Crain's New York Business
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