With New York City’s streets constantly jammed full of traffic, most drivers are oblivious to the concept of a “bus-only” lane. Bus drivers, along with the Metropolitan Transit Authority, outraged by this disregard of the rules, have devised a new way to keep their lanes clear.
To change drivers’ perceptions of the purpose and function of the bus-only lane, the NYC Department of Transportation and the MTA worked together to install surveillance cameras along First and Second Avenues in Manhattan, monitoring drivers intruding on the bus lane.
Anyone caught on camera in the bus-only lane could receive a summons and a $115-$150 fine. The only exceptions to this fine are when drivers go in the lane to make a right turn or to quickly pick up or drop off passengers.
This extra surveillance might come as an annoyance to drivers at first, but just like red light traffic cameras, they will prove to make the streets safer and ensure that the MTA and its buses run much more efficiently.
(Via My FOX NY)