BUS LANE CAMERAS BEGIN ISSUING VIOLATIONS
ALONG JAMAICA AVE., ARCHER AVE. BUSWAYS
The DOT announced that cameras are now issuing violations along the Jamaica Avenue and Archer Avenue busways.
Photo courtesy of NYCDOT
TIMESLEDGER | QNS.COM | JAN. 7 - JAN. 13, 2022 5
BY BILL PARRY
Motorists in southeast Queens have
been warned: The city Department of
Transportation announced that it has
begun issuing bus lane camera violations
along the Jamaica Avenue and
Archer Avenue busways on Tuesday,
Together, the new busways serve
roughly 250,000 daily raiders across
26 bus routes. The initiative marks the
most substantial transit improvement
to southeast Queens since the 1988 subway
extension, according to the DOT.
“These busways have brought historic
improvements for Queens commuters,”
DOT Commissioner Hank
Gutman said. “Our message is clear:
If you block a bus lane, not only are
you slowing down the commutes of a
quarter-million bus riders, but you’ll
be getting fined as well.”
Since violations are issued against
the vehicle, not the driver, points are
not deducted from motorists’ licenses.
A single isolation will cost $50. Under a
state law passed in 2019, bus line violation
fines have increased to as much as
$250 for a fifth fine incurred in a single
The corridors now have signage indicating
that the bus lanes are cameraenforced
24 hours a day, seven days a
week. To ensure that drivers were informed
about the program, the DOT
began warning motorists of automated
enforcement on Oct. 29, per the 60-day
warning period mandated by state law.
“Be a good neighbor and stay out of
the bus lanes,” Gutman said.
Due to state legislation passed in
2019, the city is allowed to expand the
bus lane camera program as needed.
The program was previously limited
to only 16 routes but is now operating
along 33 corridors across the five boroughs,
keeping them clear for buses
and reducing commuter times for hundreds
of thousands of bus riders daily.
Deadline is January 31 to enroll
or switch your health insurance plan.
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