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Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

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Effective July 1, 2013, a construction or demolition project requiring a New York City Department of Buildings permit and whose site is enclosed with a fence or contains a sidewalk shed must comply with the signage requirements of Local Law 47 for the year 2013. The purpose of this rule is to clarify existing New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) signage requirements for its permittees so that these requirements do not conflict with the new local law. The rule will achieve this goal by: • Distinguishing between two different signs currently required by DOT: (1) signage along a series of excavations or street openings, and (2) signage for any project with a projected completion time of three months or more; and • Listing the various content requirements for each type of required sign.

Effective Date: 
Wed, 04/16/2014

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

This rule amendment is promulgated pursuant to the authority of the Commissioner of Buildings under sections 643 and 1043(a) of the New York City Charter and sections 28-201.2, 28-201.2.1, and 28-202.1 of the New York City Administrative Code. 

On July 1, 2013, the Mayor signed Local Law 47 of 2013. This law requires contractors and building owners to consolidate required construction signage and permits into a single new standard in order to provide information that is more useful to the public and minimize the visual clutter of signage at construction sites.

The law repeals existing Section 3301.9 of the New York City Building Code, pertaining to required signage, and replaces it with a new Section 3301.9, detailing requirements for signs to be posted at construction or demolition sites.

The law also amends Section 3307.6.4 of the Building Code to require sidewalk sheds erected after July 1, 2013 to be painted hunter green and adds that same requirement for fences in Section 3307.7.2.

In order to enforce the new requirements under Sections 3301.9, 3307.1 and 3307.7, the rule modifies the following existing violations:

·        1 RCNY 27-03/Section 3307.1.1 (Building Code): “Prohibited sign on sidewalk shed or construction fence” will now reference only Section 3307.1.1 and read “Prohibited Outdoor Advertising Company sign on sidewalk shed or construction fence.”

·        Section 28-105.11 of the Administrative Code: “Failure to post permit for work at premises” will now read “Failure to post or properly post permit for work at premises.”

·        Section 3301.9 (Building Code)/Section 27-1009(c) (Admin Code): “Failure to provide/post sign(s) at job site pursuant to subsection” will delete the reference to Section 27-1009(c) and will now read “Project Information Panel/Sidewalk Shed Parapet Panel/Construction Sign not provided or not in compliance with section.”

·        Section 3307.6 (Building Code)/Section 27-1021 (Admin Code): “Sidewalk shed does not meet code specifications” will delete the references to Section 27-1021 and Building Code Section 3307.6, will now reference Section 3307.1 of the Building Code, and will read “Pedestrian protection does not meet code specifications.”

·        Section 3307.7 (Building Code)/Section 27-1021(c) (Admin Code): “Job site fence not constructed pursuant to subsection” will delete the reference to Section 27-1021(c) and will now read “Job site fence not constructed or maintained pursuant to subsection.”

In order to enforce the requirement that sidewalk sheds be hunter green in Section 3307.6.4 of the Building Code and to enforce the prohibition on the placement of unlawful signs on protective structures set out in Section 3707.1.1 of the Building Code, the rule amendment adds the following new violations:

·        A class 2 violation of Section 3307.1.1 of the Building Code: “Posting of unlawful signs, information, pictorial representation, business or advertising messages on protective structures.”

·        A class 2 violation of Section 3307.6.4 of the Building Code: “Sidewalk shed does not meet color specification.”

In order to effectively enforce the requirement under Section 3307.3 of the Building Code, that construction and demolition sites have pedestrian protection for sidewalks and walkways, the rule makes the following additional changes:

·        Section 3307.3.1 (Building Code)/27-1021(a) (Admin Code): This charge is being deleted and will be replaced by the new Section 3307.3 charge listed below.

·        A Class 1 violation of Section 3307.3 of the Building Code:  “Failure to provide pedestrian protection for sidewalks and walkways.”  This charge replaces and expands the current charge under Section 3307.3.1/Section 27-1021(a), which is being deleted.  While this change is not strictly necessary to implement Local Law 47, it is being made because the current charge only addresses the failure to provide sidewalk shed protection. However, there may be instances where there is a failure to provide other types of pedestrian protection (not just sidewalk sheds) and this expanded charge will allow the Department to address that.

 

Effective Date: 
Fri, 01/17/2014

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

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STATEMENT OF BASIS AND PURPOSE

 

 

The Commissioner of Transportation is authorized to promulgate rules regarding bus parking and traffic operations in the City pursuant to §2903(a) of the New York City Charter and pursuant to New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law §1642-a, which authorizes the City to establish an intercity bus permit system. In accordance with §1642-a, the Mayor designated the Department of Transportation to promulgate rules to implement the intercity bus permit system.

 

 

Background

 

The intercity bus industry has grown significantly over the last fifteen years, particularly as the rates of fare have dropped for travel between cities. Consequently, many bus companies have opted to operate from on-street bus stop locations, whether authorized by the City or not. This has created a concentration of on-street bus operations in particular areas of the City.

 

While intercity buses provide a useful service, their on-street operations can cause serious disruption to the local traffic network and risks to public safety. The proliferation of these buses in certain communities within the City has led to an increase in traffic and sidewalk congestion, a higher concentration of on-street bus parking in particular areas of the City, double parking or blocking of travel lanes, and the creation of traffic and safety concerns for drivers, travelers, pedestrians and residents.

 

In an effort to help address these concerns, the State Legislature adopted Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1642-a. Section 1642-a authorizes the City to establish an intercity bus permit system that would, among other things:

 

·        prohibit intercity buses from loading or unloading passengers on City streets, except at designated on-street bus stop locations;

·        require intercity bus owners and/or operators to submit an application for each proposed on-street bus stop location;

·        establish criteria for assigning on-street bus stop locations, including traffic considerations and the applicant’s preferences;

·        provide for consultation with the local Community Board and, where appropriate, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey;

·        authorize the Department of Transportation to issue intercity bus permits and to charge a fee;

·        provide for the relocation of an existing permitted on-street bus stop, upon 90-day notice to the permit holder and the local Community Board;

·        grandfather intercity buses that currently have designated on-street bus stop locations, by granting them a permit to continue to use those locations for up to three years;

 

These amendments to the traffic rules (Chapter 4 of Title 34 of the Official Compilation of the Rules of the City of New York) implement this permit system. The rules amend the definition of “bus” and “charter bus” in §4-01 of the traffic rules and add definitions for “chartered party,” “intercity bus,” and “public transportation” based on Vehicle and Traffic Law §1642-a.

 

Section 4-10 of the traffic rules, which governs buses, is amended to:

 

·        clarify that bus operators are only allowed to pick up and discharge passengers at on-street bus stops designated by the Commissioner for that operator and to provide that intercity buses do not fall into an exception to that provision;

·        modify subdivision d of §4-10 to establish the intercity bus permit system, in accordance with §1642-a. The existing text of subdivision d, which prohibits the operation of buses on streets except from a terminal, is deleted to reflect the establishment of the permit system; and

·         clarify that bus owners/operators that have been granted authorized on-street bus stops before the effective date of these amendments have a grace period of 30 days to submit an application for an intercity bus permit while continuing to use their current assigned on-street bus stop for a total period of up to 90 days while the permit application is processed.

 

 

Effective Date: 
Thu, 07/25/2013

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

 

 

STATEMENT OF BASIS AND PURPOSE

 

 

The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is authorized to promulgate rules regarding parking and traffic operations in the City pursuant to Section 2903(b) of the New York City Charter.

 

The purpose of the rule is to clarify the requirement that a permittee who has obtained a street opening permit on a protected street must also obtain a confirmation number prior to the expiration of such permit, and provide guidance on the process for obtaining the confirmation number. This process will provide the permittee with an opportunity to update the Department regarding the status of any work on a protected street.

 

The rule will achieve this goal by:

·        Requiring all permittees who have obtained a street opening permit on a protected street to also obtain a confirmation number,

·        Updating the information of how to obtain a confirmation number, and

·        Providing guidance on when permittees should obtain a confirmation number, specifically permittees planning to engage in restoration work on a protected street.

 

Backgroud

In 2011, an amendment to Section 2-11(f)(4) of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York was adopted. The amendment requires every permittee who obtains a protected street opening permit to also obtain a confirmation number from the Department. In an effort to clarify this requirement, the Department is amending Sections 2-11(f)(2) and 2-11(f)(4)(i) of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York. With this amendment the Department is seeking to explain the conditions associated with protected street opening permits and make clear that a confirmation number is required for each protected street permit obtained.

 

 

Effective Date: 
Wed, 06/12/2013

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

 Click here (.pdf) for the complete text of the adopted rule.

Effective Date: 
Tue, 11/15/2011

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Friday, September 7, 2012
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

 

STATEMENT OF BASIS AND PURPOSE

 

The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is authorized to promulgate rules regarding highway operations in the City pursuant to Section 2903(b) of the New York City Charter.

 

The purpose of the proposed rule is to provide pedestrian and cyclist safety around large construction projects.

The proposed rule will achieve this goal by:

·         giving the Department of Transportation Commissioner discretion to require the use of pedestrian traffic managers at selected construction sites.

·         providing experience and certification criteria for pedestrian traffic managers.

 

Background

DOT permittees already provide staff to control vehicular traffic around large construction projects. However, with the increase in bicycle ridership and pedestrian volume throughout the city, it is important that permittees also place trained pedestrian traffic managers, who will focus on bicycle and pedestrian safety, in and around major construction projects. Permittees have recently deployed pedestrian traffic managers successfully at large construction sites, such as the World Trade Center site and the reconstruction of Peck Slip in Lower Manhattan.

 

 

Subject: 

Opportunity to comment on proposed amendment by the Department of Transportation of rules relating to pedestrian traffic managers.

Location: 
DOT
55 Water Street BID Room, Room A
New York, NY 10041
Contact: 

Joshua Benson
Director of Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs
55 Water Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10041
212-839-7193

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose

 

The Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (“Department”) is authorized to promulgate rules regarding highway operations in the City pursuant to Section 2903(b) of the New York City Charter.

The purpose of the proposed rule is to clarify the requirement that a permittee who has obtained a street opening permit on a protected street must also obtain a confirmation number prior to the expiration of such permit, and provide guidance on the process for obtaining the confirmation number. This process will provide the permittee with an opportunity to update the Department regarding the status of any work on a protected street.

 

The proposed rule will achieve this goal by:

·        Requiring all permittees who have obtained a street opening permit on a protected street to also obtain a confirmation number,

·        Updating the information of how to obtain a confirmation number, and

·        Providing guidance on when permittees should obtain a confirmation number, specifically permittees planning to engage in restoration work on a protected street.

 

Backgroud

In 2011, an amendment to Section 2-11(f)(4) of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York was adopted. The amendment requires every permittee who obtains a protected street opening permit to also obtain a confirmation number from the Department. In an effort to clarify this requirement, the Department is proposing the below amendments to Sections 2-11(f)(2) and 2-11(f)(4)(i) of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York. With this amendment the Department is seeking to explain the conditions associated with protected street opening permits and make clear that a confirmation number is required for each protected street permit obtained.

 

 

Subject: 

Opportunity to comment on proposed amendment by the Department of Transportation of rules relating to confirmation numbers for street opening permits on protected streets.

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

Joseph Yacca
Director of Highway Inspection and Quality Assurance Operations
55 Water Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10041
212-839-8856

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Monday, June 10, 2013
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

STATEMENT OF BASIS AND PURPOSE

 

The Commissioner of Transportation is authorized to promulgate rules regarding bus parking and traffic operations in the City pursuant to §2903(a) of the New York City Charter and pursuant to New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law §1642-a, which authorizes the City to establish an intercity bus permit system. In accordance with §1642-a, the Mayor designated the Department of Transportation to promulgate rules to implement the intercity bus permit system.

 

Background

 

The intercity bus industry has grown significantly over the last fifteen years, particularly as the rates of fare have dropped for travel between cities. Consequently, many bus companies have opted to operate from on-street bus stop locations, whether authorized by the City or not. This has created a concentration of on-street bus operations in particular areas of the City.

 

While intercity buses provide a useful service, their on-street operations can cause serious disruption to the local traffic network and risks to public safety. The proliferation of these buses in certain communities within the City has led to an increase in traffic and sidewalk congestion, a higher concentration of on-street bus parking in particular areas of the City, double parking or blocking of travel lanes, and the creation of traffic and safety concerns for drivers, travelers, pedestrians and residents.

 

In an effort to help address these concerns, the State Legislature adopted Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1642-a. Section 1642-a authorizes the City to establish an intercity bus permit system that would, among other things:

 

·       prohibit intercity buses from loading or unloading passengers on City streets, except at designated on-street bus stop locations;

·       require intercity bus owners and/or operators to submit an application for each proposed on-street bus stop location;

·       establish criteria for assigning on-street bus stop locations, including traffic considerations and the applicant’s preferences;

·       provide for consultation with the local Community Board and, where appropriate, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey;

·       authorize the Department of Transportation to issue intercity bus permits and to charge a fee;

·       provide for the relocation of an existing permitted on-street bus stop, upon 90-day notice to the permit holder and the local Community Board;

·       grandfather intercity buses that currently have designated on-street bus stop locations, by granting them a permit to continue to use those locations for up to three years;

 

These amendments to the traffic rules (Chapter 4 of Title 34 of the Official Compilation of the Rules of the City of New York) are being proposed to implement this permit system. The proposed rules would amend the definition of “bus” and “charter bus” in §4-01 of the traffic rules and add definitions for “chartered party,” “intercity bus,” and “public transportation” based on Vehicle and Traffic Law §1642-a.

 

Section 4-10 of the traffic rules, which governs buses, would be amended to:

·       clarify that bus operators are only allowed to pick up and discharge passengers at on-street bus stops designated by the Commissioner for that operator and to provide that intercity buses do not fall into an exception to that provision;

·       amend subdivision d of §4-10 to establish the intercity bus permit system, in accordance with §1642-a. The existing text of subdivision d, which prohibits the operation of buses on streets except from a terminal, would be deleted to reflect the establishment of the permit system; and

·       clarify that bus owners/operators that have been granted authorized on-street bus stops before the effective date of these amendments have a grace period of 30 days to submit an application for an intercity bus permit while continuing to use their current assigned on-street bus stop for a total period of up to 90 days while the permit application is processed.

 

 

Subject: 

Opportunity to comment on proposed Department of Transportation rules relating to the Intercity Bus Permit System.

Location: 
Department of Transportation (DOT)
55 Water Street Room 809
NY, NY 10041
Contact: 

Thomas Maguire
Assistant Commissioner, Project Development
55 Water Street
New York, NY 10041
T: 212-839-6675

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