Transit Sam, week of July 10, 2014

Thurs., July 10 – Wed., July 16


Special Alert! First Lady Michelle Obama will make a visit to New York Thursday night for a D.N.C. fundraiser in East Midtown. Expect turbulence on the F.D.R. in the 30s and 40s, with possible impacts further south, during the evening rush hour.

Another full weekend closure on the Brooklyn Bridge this weekend: all Manhattan-bound lanes will close midnight Friday to 6 a.m. Monday. That’ll send cars to the Battery (Hugh L. Carey) Tunnel and Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges, and subsequently onto West, Canal, and Delancey Sts.

Before that, traffic under the Hudson: one New York-bound lane of the Holland Tunnel will close 11 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday. If you’re headed Downtown from New Jersey, try to make it back before the closure.

On West St./Route 9A, one lane will close in each direction between West Thames and Vesey Sts. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

A Bastille Day Block Party will close West Broadway between Walker and White Sts. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

The NALC 2nd Annual Deliver the Cure Walk for MDA will close Vesey St. in Battery Park City 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Explore Chinatown Mid-Summer Festival will close Mott St. between Canal St. and Chatham Square 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, and the following Sunday, July 20.

From the mailbag:

Dear Transit Sam,

Within the span of 10 days I received 3 camera speeding tickets. The speed limit was 30. I went 11, 14 and I think 13 miles over the speed limit. The cameras are new in my neighborhood and one is by a school zone.

Do any signs have to be posted stating cameras are in use?  Are they able to give me 3 tickets within 10 days?

I am going back to see where the speed limit signs are since I’ve never seen one in the area.

Jen, New York

Dear Jen,

I believe all were likely issued in a school zone since current state law only allows them in school zones during school hours. The default speed limit in N.Y.C. is 30 mph.  (Likely to soon change to 25 mph, stay tuned). So, if there were no signs you were clocked (old police jargon) going over 40 mph — way too fast in a school zone. Signs don’t need to be posted for the speed limit or the camera. Yes, they can keep giving you tickets each time you speed past the camera.  Jen, slow down!

Transit Sam

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