Wednesday, October 7, 2009

MTA Czar To Put Cameras On Buses To Catch Lane Blockers

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MTA CEO Jay Walder says this bus lane deserves the same respect as train tracks.
During his first day on the job, new MTA CEO Jay Walder announced a plan to install cameras on the front of city buses to take photos of any vehicles obstructing bus lanes. Like the city's red-light cameras, tickets will be issued automatically. Walder insists the innovation drastically improved the on-time performance of buses in London, where Walder worked before taking over the MTA. In February, the DOT began video surveillance of the 'high-visibility' terra cotta-colored express-bus lanes on 34th Streets, but this would be the first time buses were used for enforcement.



In an interview with WCBS Monday, Walder said, 'You and I would never think of stopping our car on a train track, but some how the idea of stopping a car in a bus lane seems acceptable. It's not.' Absolutely. Now, can we get these cameras for our bicycles to automatically issue tickets to bike lane blockers? Walder plans to implement other new technology in the transit system, including new E-Z swipe cards to ride buses and subways and more countdown clocks to tell you how much longer your beard will grow as you wait for the G.





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