GOTHAM GAZETTE: SEARCHLIGHT 2002: Transit Strike JUMP TO YOUR DISTRICT
 
 

CITY'S TRANSIT STRIKE CONTINGENCY PLAN

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced contingency plans if there is a transit strike. The 34,000 members of the city's transit workers' union voted unanimously to authorize a bus and subway strike if talks with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority fail to produce a new deal by Sunday, December 15, when their contract expires.

The city's contingency plan includes lane reversals, requiring only vehicles with multiple passengers on bridges and tunnels, park and ride facilities, and ferry service. Also truck deliveries will be restricted and parking regulations and non-emergency roadwork will be suspended.

Residents can also find additional information on city web site

TAXI AND LIMOUSINE RESTRICTIONS

The Taxi and Limousine Commission will allow group rides in taxicabs. There will be taxi stands at Park and Ride facilities and around the City. The restriction on street hailing of livery cab services will be lifted and taxicabs will be able to pick up additional passengers even when they have a fare. In addition, the restriction on the street hailing of commuter vans will be lifted. People with handicap license plates as well as ambulate and para-transit vehicles are exempt from the special HOV regulations. The Taxi and Limousine Commission call center will accept requests for transportation from affected persons in the disability community and forward requests for service to licensed transportation providers.

Group Ride Stations
Manhattan
  • South Ferry Terminal Pier A (Battery Place at West Street)
  • Pier 11 (South Street near Wall Street)
  • Water Street and Wall Street Pier 16 (South Street near Fulton Street)
  • Liberty Street (between Broadway and Church)
  • Vesey Street (between North End Avenue and West Street)
  • Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall (Chambers Street)
  • Williamsburg Bridge
  • Penn Station
  • 34th Street at East River
  • Herald Square (PATH Station)
  • Grand Central Terminal (Metro North)
  • Port Authority Bus Terminal (8th Avenue at 42nd Street)
  • Columbus Circle
  • 59th Street and 5th Avenue
  • Queensboro Bridge/Tramway at 60th Street/2 nd Avenue
  • West 72nd Street and Broadway
  • York Avenue at 72nd Street (existing Group Ride site)
  • 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard
  • George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal (West 179th Street)
Bronx
  • Yankee Stadium (161st Street and River Avenue)
Brooklyn
  • Court Street/Borough Hall
  • 95th Street/4 th Avenue
Queens
  • Shea Stadium Park and Ride
  • Kennedy Airport
  • LaGuardia Airport
  • Queensboro Plaza North
  • Long Island City at Hunters Point R.R. Station

The number for this hotline is 212-NYC-TAXI (212-692-8294).

PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE COMMUTING

The city is encouraging all of those who are able to walk or bike to work. The following crossings into Manhattan are pedestrian and bicycle accessible.

  • Broadway Bridge MN - Broadway at 225th Street
  • Brooklyn Bridge MN - Park Row and Frankfort Street BK - Tillary Street and Adams Street
  • Macombs Dam Bridge MN - 155th Street BX - Jerome Avenue
  • Madison Avenue Bridge MN - Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue BX - 138th Street
  • Manhattan Bridge MN - Bowery and Canal Street BK - Jay Street and Sands Street
  • Queensboro Bridge MN - 60th Street QN - Queens Plaza
  • Third Avenue Bridge MN - 129th Street BX - Willis Avenue, 134th Street
  • Washington Bridge MN - 181st Street BX - University Avenue
  • Williamsburg Bridge MN - Clinton Street and Delancey Street BK - Bedford Avenue between South 5th Street and South 6th Street
  • Willis Avenue Bridge MN - 1st Avenue and 125th Street BX - Willis Avenue, 134th Street
  • 145th Street Bridge MN - 145th Street BX - 145th Street

MTA'S CONTINUING OPERATIONS

The Staten Island Railway, as well as New York City Transit's Staten Island and Brooklyn, Queens and Bronx franchise buses will not be affected. They will continue to operate, but commuters should be prepared for significant crowding and delays.

HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS

All Manhattan Bridge and Tunnel crossings will require a minimum of four occupants per vehicle requirement in both directions, 24 hours a day during the week, and require a minimum of two occupants per vehicle 24 hours a day during the weekend.

Occupancy requirements will also be instituted on sections of the following roadways: the Long Island Expressway, Bruckner Expressway, Harlem River Drive, FDR Drive until 96th Street, Henry Hudson Parkway until 72nd Street, Belt Parkway Gowanus Expressway, Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, and the Prospect Expressway.

ROAD CLOSINGS FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES ONLY

Key arterial roadways in Manhattan will be reserved for public safety vehicles and for priority transportation services from 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM. Priority transportation vehicles include medallion taxicabs, school, express, and charter buses, For Hire Vehicles, Access-A-Ride vehicles, and commuter van services with New York State Department of Transportation permits. These roadways include 5th and Madison Avenue from 23rd Street to 96th Street, as well as 26th, 29th, 49th, and 50th Streets from 1st to 12th Avenues. The following roadways are reserved to Emergency vehicles only: Maiden Lane, Cortlandt, Nassau, Rector, Vesey, and Church Streets in lower Manhattan.

LANE CHANGES

To accommodate extra traffic flow into and out of Manhattan, rush hour lane reversals will be implemented on the Williamsburg, and Manhattan Bridges, as well as the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and Staten Island's Bay Street between 5-11 AM and 3-8 PM.

PARK AND RIDES AND CARPOOLING STATIONS

The city has Park & Rides and Carpool Park & Ride facilities at Yankee Stadium, Shea Stadium, Long Island-Hunters Point Ferry Terminal, Belmont Park, Staten Island Yankee Stadium, Staten Island's Cromwell Center, and St. George Terminal Parking.

Carpool staging areas will also be set up around the five boroughs. See attached list for additional carpool staging areas.

BrooklynMarine Park, Stark Skating Rink, South Brooklyn Marine Terminal
QueensFlushing Meadows, Alley Pond Park
BronxOrchard Beach, Ferry Point Park
Staten IslandSouth Beach, Wolf's Pond Park
Manhattan148th Street and Riverside Drive

ADDITIONAL FERRY SERVICE

Additional ferry service will be offered by both public and private entities covering various routes in and out of Manhattan. Existing ferry service will also be expanded.

SUSPENSION OF NON-EMERGENCY CONSTRUCTION

All non-essential roadwork will be suspended. State transportation agencies will be requested to similarly suspend non-emergency construction on major approaches to the city.

SUSPENSION OF PARKING AND STREET CLEANING REGULATIONS

Alternate-side parking regulations will be suspended citywide to increase the amount of on the street parking.

RESTRICT TRUCK DELIVERIES

Truck deliveries will not be permitted south of 96th Street in Manhattan from 6:00 AM - 10:00 AM. Regional law enforcement and transportation agencies will be requested to divert trucks from bridge and tunnel approaches during these hours.

In addition, within 24 hours of an actual strike, the MTA will put in place a contingency plan to provide limited additional service for Queens and Bronx commuters on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad. Commuters should be prepared for crowding and delays. Details of that service will be available on line starting this Wednesday, December 11 and in a printed brochure that will be available at major railroad stations such as Pennsylvania Station, Atlantic Terminal and Grand Central Terminal later this week.

All maps and additional strike related information are available on New York city's web site and on Crosswalks TV Channel 74.