A single violation will cost $50 and could increase to as much as $250 for a fifth offense. Violations are issued against the vehicle rather than a person's driver’s license.
“These busways have brought historic service improvements for Queens commuters,” said Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Hank Gutman. “Our message is clear, if you block a bus lane, not only are you slowing down the commutes of a quarter-million bus riders, but you’ll be getting fined as well.”
Serving roughly 250,000 riders, the implementation of the bus lanes marked the biggest transit improvement in southeast Queens since the 1988 subway extension.
The 24/7 bus lanes officially went into effect on October 24, and the 60-day warning period ended on December 28.
Passenger vehicles may still enter Jamaica Avenue for local access, but other drivers will be forced to make the next available right turn. On Archer Avenue, passenger vehicles and trucks will not be allowed eastbound between 153rd and 160th streets.
Bus lanes already in operation throughout the city include 181st Street in Washington Heights, Main Street in Flushing and 14th Street in Manhattan. The two Jamaica busways are now the 31st and 32nd corridors to benefit from automated enforcement cameras.
“Be a good neighbor and stay out of the bus lanes,” said Gutman.