New York’s MTA Activates More Bus Lane Enforcement Cameras

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has activated automated bus lane enforcement (ABLE) cameras on the Q58 bus route in Queens.

Last year, this route was the second busiest bus route in the city, carrying 6.7 million riders by the end of 2022.

However, in May 2023 Q58 buses travelled at an average speed of just 7.6mph.

MTA Bus Lane Cameras
ABLE enforced routes have seen improvement of speeds of approximately 5 percent, with an average 20 percent decrease in collisions

ABLE cameras are now in use on MTA’s Q58 route to capture drivers violating bus lane rules in real time and deter them from obstructing services.

This is the 19th route in New York City that is benefitting from this technology to improve the efficiency and reliability of buses.

New York City Transit President Richard Davey said:

“Bus-mounted cameras deliver faster and safer service. The more cameras we have, the more motorists become aware of bus lane rules and begin to comply with them. This enforcement is instrumental in getting drivers out of the way of buses and speeding up bus customers’ trips.”

Initially, NYCDOT will issue warning notices for all motorists on the Q58 route for the first 60 days to ensure drivers are informed about the programme.

Drivers who violate the rules will then be subject to fines ranging from 50 USD to 250 USD for repeat offenders.

With activation on this route, MTA now has 555 buses equipped with ABLE cameras across the city.

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