Transit Sam, week of April 10, 2013

ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING IS IN EFFECT ALL WEEK

Street fair season is upon us! This weekend, the Astor Place Festival will cause a stir on Astor Pl. between Lafayette St. and Broadway 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Check next week’s column for more announcements, and follow me on Twitter @gridlocksam.

Street closures in Tribeca: St. Johns Lane will close between Laight and Beach Sts. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. For northbound access, take Sixth Ave.

Collister St. will close between Hubert and Laight Sts. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through mid-June. For northbound access, take Hudson St.

Fulton St. will close between Broadway and Church St. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. For westbound access, take Barclay or Cortlandt St.

At the Battery Park Underpass, one lane of the north tube and the entire south tube will close overnight 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday, and 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday and Tuesday.

On West Street/9A, two northbound lanes between W. Houston and W. 14th Sts. will close Wednesday and Thursday 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday, 1 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday, and 11 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Also: Two southbound lanes between W. 23rd and Bank Sts. will close Wednesday and Thursday 11 p.m. to 6 p.m., 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday, 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. Sunday, and 11 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

From the mailbag:

Dear Transit Sam,

I’m a tour guide who steps on many charter buses for tours. When we head to up to Midtown, I want to take the FDR, since it is usually faster than other routes and offers a couple of dramatic views.

At Old Slip, a sign at the entrance to the F.D.R. states “No Commercial Traffic” and there is a picture of a truck with a slash through it. Does a charter bus count as commercial?

Jared, Alphabet City

Dear Jared,

Not exactly. Charter buses must follow truck routes, except for when local routes are needed to reach a specific destination. A city DOT map of bus routes in Lower Manhattan shows that charter buses are indeed prohibited from the FDR: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/lower_manhattan_tour_bus_map.pdf.

Transit Sam

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