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Transit Strike Contingency Plans

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New York City's bus and subway operators have walked off the job, and the city has deployed its transit contingency plan to help smooth the bumps for the region's seven million commuters.

Contingency Plans On Official Websites

  • City of New York
  • Taxi and Limousine Commission.
  • MTA (Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North)

    Hotline
    To ask questions about strike contingency plans, call the city's hotline, 24 hours a day, at 311.

    Park & Ride

    In the case of a strike, transportation into Manhattan will be available at the following Park & Ride locations:

  • Yankee Stadium (Metro-North Shuttle to Midtown)

  • Shea Stadium (LIRR to Midtown)

  • S.I. Yankee Stadium/Cromwell Center/St. George Terminal (Staten Island Ferry)

    Carpool Staging Areas

    The following areas would be available for drivers to meet friends or colleagues or to form ad-hoc groups to carpool:

    Brooklyn:

  • Keyspan Park/Abe Stark Skating Rink (Surf Ave. and W. 20th St.)
  • Coney Island (Surf Ave. and W. 21st St.)
  • Marine Park 1 (Ave. S and E. 32nd St.)
  • Marine Park 2 (Ave. U and E. 33rd St.)
  • St. John’s Playground (Prospect Place and Troy St.)
  • Brownsville Rec. Center (Linden Blvd/Christopher Ave.)
  • Carver Playground (Ralph Ave./Sumpter Ave.)
  • St. Andrews Playground (Atlantic Ave. and Herkimer Ave.)
  • Prospect Park (Parkside Ave. and Ocean Ave.)
  • Cityline Park (Atlantic Ave. and Fountain Ave.)
  • Evergreen Playground (Evergreen Ave./Decatur St.)
  • Jefferson Playground (Bedford /Jefferson Ave.)
  • Brooklyn Army Terminal 1 (58th St. and 1st Ave.)
  • Brooklyn Army Terminal 2 (63rd St. and Shore Parkway)
  • South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (39th St. and 1st Ave.)
  • Brooklyn Marine — Pier 6 (42nd St. and 1st Ave.)
  • Bartel Pritchard Sq. (Prospect Park West/18th St.)
  • Harold Ickes Playground (Hamilton Ave. and Van Brunt)
  • J.J. Byrne Park (3rd/4th Streets/4th/8th Aves.)
  • Ashford Playground (Gold St. and Nassau St.)
  • Newton Barge Playground (West St. and Dupont St.)

    Manhattan:

  • Corlears Hook (Jackson/Cherry Streets)
  • Sara Roosevelt Park (Chrystie St./Stanton St.)
  • Luther Gulick Park (Columbia St./Delancey St.)
  • Peter Field (2nd Ave. and 20th St.)
  • Robert Moses Playground (1st Ave. and E. 41st St.)
  • Booker T. Washington (108th St./Columbus Ave.)
  • 148th St. Parking (Riverside Drive and 148th St.)
  • Randalls Island (Various Lots)

    Queens:

  • Astoria Park (Hoyt Ave. and 19th Ave.)
  • Flushing Meadows-Corona Park (Exit 7P Grand Central Parkway)
  • Cunningham Park (Union Turnpike and Francis Lewis Blvd.)
  • Belmont Park (Cross Island Parkway and Hempstead Avenue in Long Island)
  • Kissena Park (Velodrome)
  • Alley Pond Park (Winchester Blvd. and Union Turnpike)
  • Crocheron Park (33rd Ave. and 215th Place)
  • Little Bay Park (Little Bay Parkway/Cross Island Parkway/Utopia)

    Bronx:

  • Van Cortlandt Park (Bailey Ave and Van Cortlandt Park South)
  • Orchard Beach (Orchard Beach Road and Park Drive)
  • Ferry Point Park (I 687 and Whitestone Bridge)

    Staten Island:

  • Wolfe's Pond Park (Hylan Blvd. and Cornelia Ave.)
  • Huguenot Station (Huguenot Ave. and Drumgoole Rd.)
  • Midland Beach (Father Capodanno Blvd. and Lincoln Ave.)
  • South Beach (Father Capodanno Blvd. and Hunter Ave.)

    Occupancy Traffic Restrictions

    The city will enforce HOV 4 (high occupancy vehicle) restrictions for traffic traveling into Manhattan south of 96th Street Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m., meaning all vehicles must have a minimum of four passengers to enter the borough south of 96th Street. Vehicles traveling within Manhattan need not have four passengers.

    All tunnels and all bridges inbound into Manhattan will also be HOV 4-restricted.

    In addition, the following highways will be HOV-restricted:

  • Belt Parkway from 4th Avenue to Gowanus Expressway merge at 60th Street
  • Brooklyn-Queens Expressway from Gowanus Expressway to the Manhattan Bridge
  • Bruckner Expressway from Bruckner Interchange to the Triborough Bridge
  • FDR Drive/Harlem River Drive from Dyckman Street to E. 96th Street
  • Gowanus Expressway from 92nd Street to Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Interchange (bus/HOV EZ-Pass lane for buses and emergency vehicles only)
  • Henry Hudson Parkway from Mosholu Parkway to W. 72nd Street
  • Long Island Expressway from Grand Central Parkway to Queens-Midtown Tunnel (bus/HOV EZ-Pass lane for buses and emergency vehicles only)
  • Prospect Expressway from Church Avenue to the Gowanus Expressway
  • Central Park Drive West from West 110th Street to Central Park South

    Exemptions:

  • Emergency vehicles
  • Buses
  • Commuter vans with passengers
  • Paratransit
  • Motorcycles

    Reserved Corridors

    Midtown Manhattan

    To provide north/south and east/west access for priority vehicles and emergency services in Manhattan, all commercial and passenger vehicles would be banned from the following corridors from 6 AM until 8 PM:

  • Fifth Avenue, E. 23rd to E. 96th Streets
  • Madison Avenue, E. 23rd to E. 96th Streets
  • 26th Street, First Avenue to 12th Street
  • 29th Street, First Avenue to 12th Street
  • 49th Street, First Avenue to 12th Street
  • 50th Street, First Avenue to 12th Street
  • Church Street/Trinity Place, South of Barclay Street
    Priority vehicles include medallion taxicabs, for-hire vehicles, buses, commuter vas (with New York State DOT permits) and Access-A-Ride vehicles, and mopeds, motorcycles and bicycles would be permitted as well. All vehicles would be allowed to enter and exit garages located on any of these streets by using the nearest cross street.

    Lower Manhattan

    The following corridors will be reserved for emergency vehicles at all times:

  • Maiden Lane/Cortlandt Street, Water to Church Streets
  • Nassau Street, Wall to Spruce Streets
  • Rector Street, West Street to Broadway
  • Vesey Street, Church Street to Park Row
  • Warren Street, West Street to Broadway

    Central Park Drive

    Vehicles may enter Central Park Drive Monday-Friday, 24 hours a day. Traffic may enter at W. 59th Street and W. 110th Street only. Southbound traffic entering at W. 110th Street will be subject to HOV 4 restrictions Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. to 11 a.m.

    Lane Reversals

    Rush hour lane reversals (traffic will only be allowed to move out of Manhattan) will be implemented on the Manhattan, Queensboro/59th Street and Williamsburg Bridges, and the Brooklyn-Battery, Lincoln and Queens-Midtown Tunnels to accommodate extra traffic flow. Lane rehearsals will be in effect Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Taxi and Limousine Services

    TAXI AND FOR-HIRE VEHICLE ZONES

    Zone A - Manhattan south of 23rd St.
    Zone B - Manhattan from 23rd St. to 60th St.
    Zone C - Manhattan from 60th St. to 96th St.
    Zone D - Manhattan north of 96th St.
    Zone E - Brooklyn
    Zone F - Bronx
    Zone G - Queens
    Zone H - Staten Island

    The TLC will amend regulations to maximize the passenger-carrying capacity of taxis, for-hire vehicles (FHVs) and commuter vans. Street hails by TLC-licensed vehicles will be permitted at bus stops where regularly-scheduled service is not in operation and at park and ride and carpool staging areas. Group rides will be permitted and encouraged. TLC-licensed vehicles will be subject to HOV requirements.

    TLC Fares for Taxis and FHVs

    Up to $10 — Initial charge and travel in one fare zone
    $5 — Charge for entering another fare zone

    TLC Fares for Commuter Vans

    $5 - Charge for person regardless of destination

    TLC Maximum Fares for NYC Airport Trips

    $30 — Trips to/from Manhattan to JFK Airport
    $20 — Trips to/from Manhattan and LaGuardia Airport
    Zone Charges — Trips to/from JFK or LaGuardia airports from boroughs other than Manhattan

    The fare structure for trips to Newark Airport and all destinations outside of New York City will remain unchanged.

    Disabled Passengers

    The MTA's Access-A-Ride program will continue to serve people with disabilities in the event of a strike, and should be contacted by the usual means at 877-337-2017 or 718-393-4999.

    Commuter Rails

    The Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North, PATH, New Jersey Transit and the Staten Island Railway would still run.

    Long Island Rail Road

    Seven regular AM peak and seven regular PM peak trains will be cancelled to provide for Queens shuttle train service. Regular LIRR customers who commute to or from Queens stations other than Jamaica may have to change trains to reach their destinations. LIRR commuters at Jamaica, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills and Woodside will be served by special shuttle trains.

    To ease crowding, there will be street-level queuing at Penn Station, Flatbush Avenue, Jamaica and many Queens stations.

    Reverse peak service will run on a regular schedule.

    Bicycles will not be permitted on LIRR trains during a transit strike.

    A strike fare of $4 will be charge for travel within the city at all times.

    For complete info: go to mta.info/strike/lirr.htm, or call 718-217-LIRR.

    Metro-North

    Some Hudson and Harlem Line trains will skip their regular Bronx station stops. New Haven Line trains will make all regularly scheduled stops, including Fordham.

    Three regular Hudson Line PM peak trains will be combined to provide for Bronx shuttle service.

    To facilitate boarding, a special entrance to Grand Central on 43rd Street between Madison and Vanderbilt Avenues will be designated for Bronx shuttle train service.

    Dedicated shuttle trains will operate between the Bronx and Manhattan.

    Bicycles will not be permitted on Metro-North trains during a transit strike.

    A strike fare of $4 will be charge for travel within the city at all times.

    Metro-North Shuttle Service

  • West Bronx (Hudson Line): Will serve Morris Heights, University Heights, Marble Hill, and Spuyten Duyvil at all times. West Bronx shuttle service will also serve Riverdale in the PM peak, off-peak and on weekends.

  • East Bronx (Harlem Line): Will serve Tremont, Fordham, Botanical Garden, Williams Bridge, Woodlawn, Wakefield and Mount Vernon West. However, during peak hours, shuttles will not stop at Melrose (use temporary station at Yankee Stadium) or Tremont (use Fordham).

  • Yankee Stadium: Will serve a temporary park and ride facility. Trains will operate between Yankee Stadium, Harlem-125th Street and Grand Central Terminal.

    For complete info: go to mta.info/strike/mnr.html, or call 1-800-METRO-INFO or 212-532-4900.

    PATH

    PATH train will operate shuttle service between 33rd Street and the World Trade Center, with stops at the Pavonia/Newport and Exchange Place stations in Jersey City. This service will operate Monday-Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., with trains every seven minutes during the morning and evening rush hours.

    Ferries

    The Staten Island Ferry will run boats every 15 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Parking lots in and around the St. George Terminal will be restricted to vehicles with four or more passengers only.

    Private Ferry Information

    The city has requested private ferry operators extend peak service to accommodate staggered work schedules and additional riders. Private ferries will operate service along the East River with stops at Hunters Point in Queens, 34th Street and Pier 11 at Wall Street in Manhattan and the Brooklyn Army Terminal, more information is available at www.nyc.gov/ferries.

  • New York Waterway, 1 (800) 53-FERRY
  • Seastreak, 1 (800) BOAT-RIDE or (732) 872-2628
  • Liberty Water Taxi, (201) 985-8000
  • NY Water Taxi, (212) 742-1969

    Bicycle and Pedestrian Lanes

    Residents and commuters are encouraged to walk or bike, especially during rush hours. Bicyclists are encouraged to review the 2005 New York City Cycling Map, available at the Department of City Planning's website at www.nyc.gov/dcp.

    The following crossings into Manhattan are pedestrian and bicycle accessible:

  • Queensboro Bridge
    Manhattan - 60th Street
    Queens - Queens Plaza

  • Brooklyn Bridge
    Manhattan - Park Row & Frankfort Streets
    Brooklyn - Tillary & Adams Streets

  • Williamsburg Bridge
    Manhattan - Clinton & Delancey Streets
    Brooklyn - Bedford Avenue between South 5th and South 6th Streets

  • Manhattan Bridge
    Manhattan - Bowery & Canal Street
    Brooklyn - Jay Street between Fulton & Sands Streets

  • Willis Avenue Bridge
    Manhattan - 1st Avenue, 125th Street
    Bronx - Willis Avenue, 134th Street

  • Third Avenue Bridge
    Manhattan - 129th Street
    Bronx - 135th Street

  • Madison Avenue Bridge
    Manhattan - Madison and Fifth Avenues
    Bronx - 138th Street

  • 145th Street Bridge
    Manhattan - West 145th Street
    Bronx - East 145th Street

  • Macombs Dam Bridge
    Manhattan - West 155th Street
    Bronx - Jerome Avenue

  • Washington Bridge
    Manhattan - West 181st Street
    Bronx - University Avenue

  • Broadway Bridge
    Manhattan - Broadway near 225th Street

  • Manhattan Bridge
    Manhattan - Bowery and Canal Street
    Brooklyn - Jay Street and Sands Street

  • George Washington Bridge
    Closed 12 a.m. to 5 a.m.

    Schools

    Classes at New York City's public would start two hours later, and school bus pick-ups will also be pushed back two hours.

    Parents who need to drop children off earlier are asked to call their parent coordinator or principal.

    Half-day pre-kindergarten morning sessions are cancelled, but afternoon programs remain open.

    High school evening classes will operate at scheduled times.

    Field trips and PSAL programs will be cancelled, but the majority of after-school programs will be open.

    Saturday prep academy will be cancelled.

    Teachers are expected to get to work on time. However, there is a one-hour grace period. To make it easier for those who drive, playgrounds will be used for staff parking.

    For more information, call 311 or go to
    www.nycenet.edu.

    Parking

    Alternate side of the street parking rules will be suspended citywide for the duration of the strike.

    To improve traffic flow, weekday No Standing and No Parking rules will be extended on main roads throughout the five boroughs from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. No Standing will be in effect in the peak direction from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. No Parking rules will apply on these roads at other times. Designated No Standing and No Parking areas will be marked.

    Suggested Options For Employers

  • Allow workers to telecommute instead of traveling to the office

  • Offer bike parking to employees within your facility

  • Assign workers to alternate work locations, if available

  • Stagger shift start and end times to avoid peak rush hour periods

  • Allow for flexible work schedules (such as working weekends versus weekdays or working fewer, longer days)

  • Organize employee carpools
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