News about bus service continues to dominate this space. The never ending battle to bring survelliance cameras to bus only lanes continues. This legislation which would be a major key into improving bus service passed the State Senate’s Transportation Committee on Tuesday. Pete Donohue of the New York Daily News has more:
A plan to monitor bus-only lanes with surveillance cameras – and mail tickets to violators – cleared a bump in the road Tuesday.
The state Senate’s transportation committee approved legislation that would allow the city to use cameras as an enforcement tool on up to 50 miles of bus lanes, including the new ones along First and Second Aves.
Mayor Bloomberg and MTA Chairman Jay Walder have made this legislation a priority, saying fines will serve as a deterrent to drivers who now park or drive in bus-only lanes.
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The headline is a bit misleading in my opinion since it has only passed a Senate committee. The real battle will be getting it to the floor for a full vote & having it pass. This is the same Senate that has turned its back on such legislation in the past. This should be an interesting battle that will unfold over the coming days & weeks. Will Albany do the right thing for NYC & its riding public? If past history is any indication, the answer is a resounding no.
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