The contingency plans New York City has set up in the event of a transit strike fall in four major categories:
The regulations are only in effect Monday-Friday, with the most stringent rules in effect from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Under high occupancy vehicle restrictions, between 5 a.m. and 11 a.m. all cars entering Manhattan below 96th Street must have four or more passengers.
The same rules apply to most bridges coming into the city:
-Henry Hudson Bridge
-Queensboro/ 59th Street Bridge
The rules also apply to vehicles on segments of major expressways feeding into Manhattan:
-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
-Central Park Drive West, from West 110th Street to Central Park South
-FDR Drive/Harlem River Drive, Dyckman Street to East 96th Street
-Gowanus Expressway, 92nd Street to Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Interchange (Bus/HOV EZ-Pass lane for buses and emergency vehicles only)
-Henry Hudson Parkway, Mosholu Parkway to West 72nd Street
-Long Island Expressway, Grand Central Parkway to Queens-Midtown Tunnel (Bus/HOV EZ-pass lane for buses and emergency vehicles only)
--Prospect Expressway, Church Avenue to the Gowanus Expressway
Once in Manhattan these regulations will no longer apply. In addition, there are no high-occupancy regulations on motorists whose trips take place entirely within Manhattan.
Major carpool stations will be set up at Yankee and Shea stadiums, and the St. Geroge Ferry terminal on Staten Island.
The city has also designated nearly 40 specific locations as carpool staging areas, with the bulk of the locations in Queens.
Click here to see a map of the carpool staging locations.
Taxis and other transportation services
Cabs can pick up multiple passengers.
Livery cars and vans will also be allowed to pick up passengers at bus stops without service, and the designated carpool locations.
Ferry service will be increased during rush hour
PATH, Metro-North and the LIRR will be running, with some additional service added during rush hours. In addition, the following services are unaffected: Staten Island Railway, Amtrak, AirTrain, NJ Transit (commuter rail and bus), Long Island Bus, Westchester County Bee-Line, Staten Island Ferry, Private Ferries
No commercial traffic will be allowed in Manhattan below 96th Street between 5 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Key roadways will be closed to all traffic except priority transportation services and emergency services.
Priority transportation services include taxicabs, buses (school, express, and charter), commuter van services, motorcycles and paratransit.
The roadways are:
-Fifth Avenue, from 23rd Street to 96th Street
-Madison Avenue, from 23rd Street to 96th Street
-26th, 29th, 49th, and 50th Streets, from 1st Avenue to 12th Avenue
Key roadways in Lower Manhattan will be reserved for emergency services vehicles only.
These roadways are:
-Nassau Street, from Wall Street to Spruce Street
-Rector Street, from West Street to Broadway
-Vesey Street, from West Street to Park Row
-Church Street, south of Barclay Street (public safety vehicles and buses)
-Maiden Lane/Cortland Street, from Water Street to Church Street
Vehicles may enter Central Park Drive 24 hours a day, Monday-Friday, but only at W. 59th Street and W. 110th Street.
Southbound traffic entering at W. 110th Street will be subject to HOV 4 restrictions from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday-Friday.
Rush hour lane reversals will be implemented on the Manhattan, Queensboro/59th Street, and Williamsburg Bridges, and the Brooklyn-Battery, Holland, Lincoln, and Queens-Midtown Tunnels to accommodate extra traffic flow.
See these resources for more updates and alternate options:
New York City Alternative Transportation Information Center
Newsday L.I. transit blog
TWU Local 100
NYC Traffic updates
Suburban Transit Links
NJ Transit 1-800-772-2222
Long Island Bus(516) 228-4000
LIRR (516) 822-LIRR
LITM (631) 777-7722 or (877) 4COMMUTE
Westchester Bee-Line System (914) 813-7777
MTA Metro-North Railroad (800) METRO-INFO
MetroPool (800) FIND-RIDE
Connecticut Park & Ride (860) 594-2141Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times