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Agency:
Comment By: 
Monday, February 5, 2018
Proposed Rules Content: 

The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is authorized to promulgate rules regarding parking and traffic operations in the City by Section 2903(a) of the New York City Charter. The rules that DOT is seeking to amend are contained within Chapter 4 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York, relating to the “Traffic Rules and Regulations.”

 

The purpose of these proposed rule amendments is to reflect simplified parking signage that DOT has implemented over the last few years as well as to make general clean-up amendments.   Specifically, the amendments to Chapter 4 of Title 34 are the following:

 

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Section 4-01(b) is amended to add a new definition for “dedicated use signs”, and update the definition of “taxi” to include green taxis.

 

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Section 4-08(a)(1) is amended to clarify that standing is prohibited when a dedicated use sign is posted.

 

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Section 4-08(a)(6) is amended to delete obsolete references to parking meters.

 

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Sections 4-08(c), 4-08(d), and 4-08(k), 4-08(l), and 4-08(o) are amended to clarify and delete certain references to specific dedicated use signs.

 

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Sections 4-08(d), 4-08(l)(1), and 4-08(o) are amended to update certain references to “handicapped permits”;  delete a reference to a painted blue line in the Blue Zone; and delete certain obsolete portions of the rules relating to IVPS system.

 

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Section  4-11(a)(3) is being repealed in its entirety as it is no longer applicable.

 

 

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Section 4-12(m) is amended to reflect bus lane restrictions as contemplated by Local Law 113 of  2013.

Subject: 

DOT proposed rule amending the traffic rules to reflect current parking signage and a clarification on bus lanes.

Location: 
DOT Bid Room
55 Water Street, Concourse Level Bid Room is located on the SE corner of 55 Water St facing the NYC Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza.
New York, NY 10041
Contact: 

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Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

 

STATEMENT OF BASIS AND PURPOSE OF RULE

The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation is authorized to promulgate rules regarding streets and highways in New York City pursuant to Section 2903 of the New York City Charter.

Although New York City has the highest bus ridership in the United States, it also has the  slowest bus speeds in the country. To improve bus speeds, the City has installed a series of restricted “bus lanes”, intended for the exclusive use of buses. As the bus lane network has grown, and new bus lane designs have been installed, the Department has found that existing bus lane rules do not provide sufficiently clear instructions as to what other vehicles can legally do within or approaching and exiting a bus lane. Additionally, the existing rule does not clearly prohibit non-motorized vehicles, including horse-drawn carriages, from using bus lanes.

By expanding and updating the bus lane rules, which establish the prohibitions associated with bus lanes, the rule will:

  • Improve bus speeds by helping keep bus lanes clear
  • Reduce confusion by other street users about what activities can legally take place in a bus lane
  • Clarify the rules regarding “offset” bus lanes, which allow parking or other curb access between the bus lane and the curbside.
  • Increase the Department rules’ specificity about where the bus lane may be legally used by non-bus vehicles to access right turns or gain curb access.

 

Effective Date: 
Mon, 12/02/2013

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

 

STATEMENT OF BASIS AND PURPOSE

 

 

The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation is authorized to promulgate rules regarding streets and highways in New York City pursuant to Section 2903 of the New York City Charter.

 

Although New York City has the highest bus ridership in the United States, it also has the slowest bus speeds in the country. To improve bus speeds, the City has installed a series of restricted “bus lanes”, intended for the exclusive use of buses. As the bus lane network has grown, and new bus lane designs have been installed, the Department has found that existing bus lane rules do not provide sufficiently clear instructions as to what other vehicles can legally do within or approaching and exiting a bus lane. Additionally, the existing rule does not clearly prohibit non-motorized vehicles, including horse-drawn carriages, from using bus lanes.

 

By expanding and updating the bus lane rules, which establish the prohibitions associated with bus lanes, the proposed rule will:

• Improve bus speeds by helping keep bus lanes clear

• Reduce confusion by other street users about what activities can legally take place in a bus lane

• Clarify the rules regarding “offset” bus lanes, which allow parking or other curb access between the bus lane and the curbside.

• Increase the Department rules’ specificity about where the bus lane may be legally used by non-bus vehicles to access right turns or gain curb access.

 

 

Subject: 

Opportunity to comment on Department of Transportation’s proposed amendment to the rules relating to bus lanes.

Location: 
New York City Department of Transportation
55 Water Street, 8th Floor, Room 809B
New York, NY 10041
Contact: 

Eric Beaton
Director, Transit Development
New York City Department of Transportation
55 Water Street
New York, New York 10041
ebeaton@dot.nyc.gov