Transit Sam, week of Oct. 9 2014

Thurs., Oct. 9 – Wed., Oct. 15


 SUMMONS ALERT DAY! Monday is Columbus Day and notoriously confusing for parking. Here’s the low-down: alternate side parking rules and school parking rules by public schools and many private schools are suspended.  All other rules, including meters, remain in effect. Good news: the holiday means traffic will be lighter than usual. For more gridlock updates throughout the week follow me @GridlockSam.

Special alert for the Brooklyn Bridge! All Manhattan-bound lanes will close for 54 consecutive hours, midnight Friday through 6 a.m. Monday. That will send drivers over the Manhattan Bridge and onto Delancey St., as well as down to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and onto West St.

The Hudson River crossings will get hit too, with the Jets taking on the Broncos 1 p.m. Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Expect extra traffic in the Holland Tunnel as drivers avoiding the Lincoln Tunnel jet down Seventh Ave. onto Varick.

The Bowling Green Association Street Fair will close Broadway between Liberty St., Battery Pl. between Morris and Stone Sts., and Whitehall St. between Stone and Water Sts. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.

The Sukkot Block Party will close Duane St. between West Broadway and Church St. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

From the mailbag:

Dear Transit Sam,

If the muni meter nearest to me isn’t working, I’ll go across the street to find a working meter.  But what if that one is broken too? Or what if there aren’t any muni meters installed on the other side of the street?

Margaret, New York


Dear Margaret,

Typically there are four muni meters per street, placed 20-30 ft. from the intersection on either side. If the closest meter isn’t working, the driver is expected to cross the street. The circumstance you described of four inoperable meters on one street would be rare to encounter. If you were to come across this and you received a ticket, your case for appeal would be strengthened by referencing a Dept. of Transportation record of the broken meters. So, if the nightmarish scenario described happens to you: write down the location of the parking spot and the nearby meters. Check with the D.O.T. that these meters were in fact inoperable, and present all this information at your hearing.

If you come across one broken muni meter or the unlikely four, be sure to report the malfunction to 311 online.

Transit Sam

Email your traffic, transit and parking questions to transitsam@downtownexpress.com.

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