2009-02-13 / Community

No More B. 88 St Bus Stop Tickets

By Nicholas Briano

The bus stop located along Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 87 and Beach 88 Streets has caused confusion and high fines for motorists since the sign indicating the end of the bus stop was removed in 2007 with no replacement. The bus stop located along Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 87 and Beach 88 Streets has caused confusion and high fines for motorists since the sign indicating the end of the bus stop was removed in 2007 with no replacement. Danny Ruscillo is just one of countless motorists in the past year to park on Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 87 and Beach 88 Streets, go shopping, and come out to that painfully familiar $115 summons and orange envelope shoved into his car's wiper blade.

Ruscillo, also president of the 100 Precinct Community Council, was so fed up that he continually wrote to the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) until something was done about the lack of proper parking regulations on that particular block. His plea involves the missing bus stop sign, which indicates the end of the bus stop and where legal parking begins along the block.

This week, much to his elated surprise, Ruscillo was notified in an email from DOT Queens Borough Planner, Felix Okolo, that the missing sign will be installed within two weeks of the February 6 letter to Ruscillo.

"I have just received word that the missing bus stop sign will be replaced within 14 days," Okolo said in the letter.

This will relieve the ticket woes for customers of local businesses on the block, a struggle that has been ongoing since the bus stop sign disappeared sometime in August 2007.

DOT, back in 2007, acknowledged that a signage issue on the north side of Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 88 and Beach 87 Streets may have caused some motorists to be ticketed unfairly. However, the sign was never replaced.

A big problem lay in that missing sign, though. It would normally indicate where a bus stop ends, but instead its absence expanded the bus stop's "No Parking" area that begins on the corner of Beach 88 Street.

The DOT has urged in the past that if anyone feels he or she has been ticketed unfairly to call 311. After providing the date and location and/or a copy of the summons, the motorist will be given a document acknowledging the signage conflict, which can be used when entering a not guilty plea.

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