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Cops, Cabs and Trucks Ignore 34th Street SBS Lane

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DOT plans to use cameras to keep cabs and government vehicles out of the 34th Street lanes.

Last Monday the city launched phase one of its second Select Bus Service route, on 34th Street in Manhattan. From what we could tell on Friday, so far some new signage and fresh terracotta paint are about all that distinguish the new lanes from that of a conventional line.

In contrast to the Bx12 Fordham Road route, which debuted in June, there are no pre-paid boarding stations or spiffy aqua blue buses. And in advance of planned camera enforcement and other "soft" deterrents, there is no shortage of vehicles using the lanes for parking during the 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. bus-only window.

Streetsblog has a call in to DOT for more info on when additional SBS features will be coming to 34th Street. Plans call for the corridor to eventually become the city's first "Transitway," with protected bus lanes and a car-free plaza between 5th and 6th Avenues.

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The driver of this truck was nowhere to be seen for 15-20 minutes.

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Well, it is a bus lane.

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Which should I block: the bus lane or the sidewalk?

Photos: Brad Aaron

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