Staten Island’s S79 SBS buses will have automated ticketing cameras by the end of the year.
In October, the MTA stated it would utilize high-tech mobile cameras on buses to capture real-time bus lane violations to speed up service.
Automated Bus Lane Enforcement (ABLE) cameras were first put on 123 buses in Manhattan and Brooklyn as a test study to assess the system’s performance and its effects on travel times and bus speeds.
300 buses in Staten Island, the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn are getting cameras. The cameras will eventually cover half of NYC’s bus lanes.
The cameras capture license plate information, photos, videos, location, and timestamps, which are sent to the Department of Transportation for review and processing. The Department of Finance issues fines.
On Staten Island, the cameras were installed on the S79 SBS, which travels from the Staten Island Mall in New Springville to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Most of the trip occurs along Hylan Boulevard, where the bus lane was extended two years ago.
The S79 cameras were activated on Oct. 31 but only issued warnings during a 60-day grace period before fining drivers.
The cameras will begin issuing fines on Dec. 30.
Fines start at $50 and increase by $50 with each violation, up to $250.
Violations are only issued from 6 to 9 a.m. eastbound and 3 to 7 p.m. westbound on Hylan Boulevard.
Bus lanes are always in place on Richmond Avenue, thus, vehicles can be ticketed anytime.
The MTA plans to add cameras to 600 more buses by 2023, covering 85% of city bus lanes.
As cameras monitor more bus routes and busways, MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber hope drivers will stop blocking them. New Yorkers need cars to obey bus lane laws, camera or not, so be cautious to avoid a penalty.