Transit Sam: Week of Sept. 27, 2018

Dates: Thursday, September 27 – Wednesday, October 3


The United Nations General Assembly continues along with Gridlock Alert Days Thursday, Friday and Monday. Thursday will be the worst traffic day in Lower Manhattan with POTUS leaving NYC. The FDR Drive will close in both directions from the Battery to 63rd St. about 9:30 a.m. Thursday for his exit.

With traffic mostly frozen in Midtown, the jams will continue to reverberate Downtown. In addition, Taxi, Uber, Lyft and other app-based drivers are down here in higher numbers because traffic is not as slow as Midtown. Tightened security near Battery Park City’s Ritz-Carlton at the end of the West Side Highway is likely to continue through Monday.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run Sunday will close the Brooklyn Battery (Carey) Tunnel and the West Side Highway in both directions from Battery Pl. to Canal St. 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Battery Park Underpass will also be closed. Battery Park City residents will be able to drive out of the neighborhood at Chambers St. or south of Albany St. during the race, but ferries, subways, bikes and feet will all be better options.

The Holland Tunnel won’t be much better Sunday with two kinds of football in New Jersey adding traffic to the area. The Red Bulls play Atlanta at 1 p.m., and the Giants play the Saints at MetLife 4:30 p.m. Many Giant fans will take the tunnel back, creating more turbulence on Hudson and Canal Sts., and Sixth Ave. after 8 p.m.

You may be stopped (or at least slowed) in the name of traffic if you are driving on South St., the FDR or near the Brooklyn Bridge Sunday before Diana Ross’ 7:30 p.m. concert at the Seaport’s Pier 17.  STS9 performs there Friday and Saturday 4:30 p.m.

This weekend in Lower Manhattan, the F train will run on the Q track, and the D will run on the A line.


Dear Transit Sam:

A van has parked in front of our business for two months. Can we do anything, is there a law?


Dear Ginny,

Yes.  No vehicle is allowed to park for more than seven consecutive days in the same spot. If the van is a commercial vehicle, the limit is three hours, unless it’s loading or unloading. Call your local precinct and 311, and please let me know if you don’t get results.

Transit Sam

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