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Bus-ted (again)! Correction vehicles are still cramming Court Street

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The Department of Correction bussed up (again) when its drivers got caught by this paper (again) hogging public parking spaces in Downtown (again) — but this time, agency officials promise (again) that they’re fixing the mess with a few new rules for their drivers.

After our reporters repeatedly caught drivers from the Brooklyn House of Detention filling up spaces on Court Street near the Atlantic Avenue lockup, a department official told us it “won’t happen again.”

But it did. So we called the agency again. And this time, a Department of Correction official said that the agency has devised new rules for the drivers.

So now, the bus drivers — who take inmates from Rikers Island to Brooklyn courts in Downtown and back again every day — are only allowed to use public parking spaces on Court Street for 45 minutes on their lunch breaks.

“Drivers with a longer wait before their return trip [to Rikers] have been instructed that they may not park in this congested area for extended periods,” said Correction Department spokesman Steve Morello in an e-mail. “Their longer-term parking must be in three designated less-busy areas of Brooklyn.”

He wouldn’t elaborate on the “less-busy” areas, but did say that his supervisor would be giving “extra emphasis to enforcement” of the new policy.

All the bus fuss began in April, when we fielded complaints about the hulking vehicles parking on Court and Schermerhorn streets, back to back, in congested Downtown. Morello told us that it would never happen again, and the buses left Court Street — for Adams and Jay streets.

So this week’s bus on Court Street is apparently kosher. But next time, we’ll have our timer.

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Sid from Boerum Hill says:
what is your point? do you want them to put up reserve parking for them? Take away more parking spaces? The only one it seems to bother is your writer and someone who obviously calls to complain. Personally I would prefer if the city build parking lots for these buses., but that cost money and has to be someplace. Same thing for parking them in a lot.
On the first story I told you they were eating/on a break. that is what they are doing-its not going to change. They are there for a few hours. They park either in the bus stop or the no standing area on Court. Keep this up and they will permanently take spaces and put up no standing anytime signs where parking is currently permitted. enough of this story IMO
July 21, 2010, 4:08 pm
Ur neighbor from Court street says:
The officers and the correction agency are doing a vital service for our city. They also give a police presence.
The area is and always been congested due to its daily activity. Ive been living in this community for over 45 years. So stop crying like a non-new yorker little b**** and go about your business,
People like you are an embarrassment to our community.
July 21, 2010, 5:10 pm
TJ from Court st. says:
Hey TOTO...were not in Kansas anymore.
Get used to it or move out!
July 22, 2010, 8:10 am

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