2012-08-03 / Top Stories

Another Bus Stop Blunder

By Nicholas Briano


The sign at Beach 102 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard where traffic cops are raking up on the tickets. The sign at Beach 102 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard where traffic cops are raking up on the tickets. An incorrect bus stop sign is infuriating motorists along Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 102 Street because it’s allowing police and traffic cops to write summonses in an area where parking should be allowed.

Starting on the corner of Beach 102 Street, driving in the eastbound direction of Rockaway Beach Boulevard, there is a bus stop. The sign on the corner, which is correct, is the traditional no standing bus stop sign with the arrow pointing down the street. Then there’s a second sign that is supposed to indicate where the bus stop ends. That arrow however, is double-sided instead of pointing solely in the direction of the aforementioned bus stop sign on the corner. Therefore, when people park behind this double arrow bus stop sign, they receive tickets for being parked in a bus stop. Instead, that second sign should indicate where the stop ends and parking begins.

Calls to the New York City Department of Transportation for comment were not returned by press time. The agency had to fix a similar situation in 2009 at the corner of Beach 88 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard where an incorrect sign led to unwarranted tickets. In that scenario it took DOT more than a year to acknowledge the problem and finally address it while motorists were left with no choice but to try to fight the $115 summons in court.

The DOT has urged, in the past, that anyone who feels he or she has been ticketed unfairly should 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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