Transit Sam, week of Oct. 23, 2014

Thurs., Oct. 23 – Wed., Oct. 29


Special alert this weekend for the Brooklyn Bridge! All Manhattan-bound lanes will close for 54 consecutive hours, midnight Friday night through 6 a.m. Monday. That will send drivers over the Manhattan Bridge and onto Canal St., as well as down to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and onto West St. For the most up-to-date gridlock information follow me on Twitter.

The Jets play the Bills 1 p.m. Sunday at Metlife Stadium. Fan traffic to and from the game will clog up the Lincoln Tunnel, sending drivers down to the Holland. Expect slowdowns before and after the game.

One New York-bound tunnel lane and one New Jersey-bound tunnel lane of the Holland Tunnel will close 11 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday. For late-night drivers heading back into the city, expect delays.

Chabad of Wall St. will close Fulton St. between Broadway and Nassau St. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

The Immune Deficiency Walk-a-thon will close Centre St. and Foley Sq. between Worth St. and Park Row 8 a.m. to noon Sunday.


From the mailbag:

Dear Transit Sam,

If I stop before the crosswalk at an intersection I know has a red light camera, and there is an ambulance with ringing sirens and flashing lights behind me, do I have to move? I do not want to get a red light camera ticket. Would I be able to prove it to the traffic court that I passed a red light because of an ambulance behind me?

Sidney, New York


Dear Sidney,

Yes, move, otherwise you may cause a delay in emergency help. Besides, it’s the law!  NYS VTL Article 26, Section 1144 says, “the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right of way and shall  immediately  drive to  a  position  parallel to, and as close as possible to the right-hand edge or curb of the roadway, or to either  edge  of  a  one-way  roadway three  or more lanes in width, clear of any intersection, and shall stop and remain in such position until the authorized emergency  vehicle  has passed, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.” The D.O.T. won’t issue a violation if there’s an ambulance or an emergency vehicle in the red light camera photograph. However, if the ambulance passes after the light turns green, it may not appear in your photo. In that case, show in photo 1 your car was stopped at the red light and in photo 2 you had pulled to the side as required by law. Also, if someone was with you have them attest to the facts as well. In any event, by pulling over you will have done the right thing.

Transit Sam

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