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Watch out for Utica Avenue bus lane tickets!

Ticket territory: The city installed cameras and will issue violations for cars that drive in the B46 Select Bus Service lane.
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The city installed cameras pointed at the new B46 Select Bus Service bus-only lane on Utica Avenue and it has begun ticketing drivers who use the lane between 7 am and 7pm when it is supposed to be used by public transit alone.

A similar camera roll-out on Nostrand Avenue caused chaos two years ago, because the city let drivers rack up piles of tickets before actually sending them out — which drivers griped was a “gotcha” move used to raise cash. A local pol is promising that won’t happen this time, but he is asking the city to give people a little leeway rather than fining them second bus-lane enforcement starts for the day.

“Give a grace period — the first five minutes and last five minutes,” said Councilman Chaim Deutsch (D–Sheepshead Bay). “No two watches have the same time. So if someone’s watch is 6:59 and DOT’s camera timer is already 7 am, it shouldn’t give someone a violation.”

The B46 Select Bus travels from Marine Park to Bushwick, and the city started issuing violations on Sept. 9 for drivers who use the lane at forbidden times.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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