Transit Sam: Week of Sept. 6, 2018

Dates: Thursday, September 6 – Wednesday, September 12


The world remembers 9/11 on Tuesday, and many Lower Manhattan streets including the West Side Highway near the September 11 Memorial will be extremely slow going for the annual ceremony from 6 a.m. to about 2 p.m.  Drivers, please avoid the World Trade Center area out of respect to families attending the ceremony, and in the evening, be careful driving as pedestrians and unfortunately some drivers will be looking up to see the Tribute in Light. Traffic will be down with public schools closed, and many Jews celebrating the New Year.

Transportation Alternatives’ NYC Century ride Sunday is expected to include hundreds of cyclists crossing the Manhattan Bridge about 9:45 a.m., with rolling street closures on Canal St. east of the bridge to Allen St., straight into First Ave., to Union Square Park, before heading to Central Park.

The Giants open the season against Jacksonville at MetLife Sunday 1 p.m., adding traffic to the Holland Tunnel, especially for the return after 4:30 p.m. because the I-495 lane closures will send many fans away from the Lincoln. Colombia plays Argentina in soccer there Tuesday 8 p.m.

This weekend, the D is not running in Lower Manhattan, and J and M trains won’t stop in Manhattan, with shuttle buses running instead. The uptown Spring St. (A,C, E) station will be closed, and the Downtown A will be on the F track from W. 4th St. to MetroTech.

New York Fashion Week runs Thursday to Sept. 14 with many events at Spring Studios on St. John’s La. near Varick and Canal Sts., and near Houston and Varick, affecting the Holland Tunnel area.

Ziggy Marley may be the biggest Pier 17 performer this week, Friday 6:30 p.m., but Jeff Dunham Thursday 7:30 p.m., and Deadmau5 Saturday 6 p.m. will also add traffic, affecting South St., the FDR and the Brooklyn Bridge.

The Rise for Climate march Thursday will take at least one lane of Greenwich St./ Trinity Pl./Church St. from Battery Pl. to Thomas St., and Broadway from Thomas to Zuccotti Park (near Liberty St.) 6 p.m. to 9.

Catherine St. is closed between East Broadway and Madison St. noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.


Dear Transit Sam,

I’ve noticed the yellowy orange passenger New York license plates usually start with an F, G, or H. Does the DMV issue licenses in alphabetical order?


Dear Isaac,

Yes, with exceptions. The DMV has started issuing licenses in the J series, so you’ll probably see those too. The letters I, O, or Q aren’t used because those are too easily confused with 1 or zero. The agency filters out objectionable words, and don’t LOL, but the DMV is mindful of many texting abbreviations, and avoids those too.

Transit Sam

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