All Muni Buses to Get Cameras for Transit Lane Enforcement by Spring 2014

A parking control officer reviews video footage from a bus-mounted camera to mail tickets to drivers parked in bus-only lanes. Image: ##http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bw58QBJju6s##KRON 4##

Every Muni bus will be fitted with a front-facing camera to enforce transit-only lanes by spring of next year, according to the SF Municipal Transportation Agency [PDF]. Three hundred of the 800 buses in the system will receive them by this fall, and all of the new buses being purchased by the SFMTA will get them as well, the agency says.

Currently, only 4 percent of Muni’s bus fleet has cameras, which give enforcement officers the ability to ticket scofflaw drivers parked in transit lanes by mailing them a ticket. Current law prohibits the cameras from being used to cite moving violations in a transit lane (only police can do that) or drivers parked in bus stop zones.

This enforcement mechanism will be key as the SFMTA looks to improve and expand its transit-only lane network in the coming years as part of the Transit Effectiveness Project.

  • Anonymous

    Where do LRV’s fall under this new plan?

  • Gneiss

    Why only buses?  Just think if parking control could drive down Valencia Street several times an hour during commute times with a camera mounted car.  They could then mail double parking violations instead of having to stop and slap tickets on windshields. 

  • Modern cars should just print tickets from their dashboard when they detect an infraction.

  • Guest

    Ticketing double parkers and those parked in bus stops should be a priority.  But beyond that we need to eliminate vehicles that are parking, or waiting for a vehicle to exit a parking space.

  • Aimmy Nammey

    Thanks  for sharing this interesting post.
    Taxi in Philadelphia

  • Anonymous

    Big Muni is Watching You!

  • mikesonn

    About time! Let’s get these buses rolling!

  • arraway

    The cameras can only be used to violate people double parking in a transit only lane. I can’t think of any places where there’s a transit only lane on a rail route that is next to a parking lane – they’re all in the center.

  • Mario Tanev

    arraway,

    In some places the side lane is so narrow that double-parkers impede on the center lane. For example, at Church St and 29th there is a laundromat whose double-parkers block the J.

  • mikesonn

    @45f616f6154c9e368194e5a9a800fe63:disqus You’ve never been on the N?

    http://goo.gl/maps/Z3rDf

  • arraway

    Again, they can only be used where there is a double parking IN A TRANSIT ONLY LANE.  The inner sunset and church street examples aren’t transit only lanes.  But, if there is an example of where there is transit only lane on rail that is adjacent to a parking lane, shout it out!

  • mikesonn

    Double parking, while a crappy thing to do to a bus, is a crime against your fellow citizens when done to an LRV. This “in a transit lane only” clause is BS.

  • ZKunst

    What about the man hours required to review the footage and actually cite the parked cars? 

  • mikesonn

    What about the people-hours being lost already to double parked cars? Not only Muni staff but all those people sitting on buses while some jackass parks for “just one second to get a cup of coffee”.

  • Was that a reference to the Fifth Element? But increased traffic fines really are necessary if we want to get people to follow the rules and stop getting in the way of buses. 

  • What about using the camaras to ticket bus drivers who block traffic by not pulling into the bus stops ?  Oh, I forgot, the MTA isn’t concerned with improving traffic flow, just fleecing drivers. 

  • mikesonn

    Usually there is a reason, like a private auto blocking the bus stop or someone pulls the cord late. But yeah, you keep on thinking there is a war on cars.

  • Anonymous

    What if pulled to the side for emergency vehicles, and one of those buses so happen to be behind you?

  • Curious Guy

    Lets say its street cleaning today 7am-8am the sweeper has already gone by around 7:25am and the meter maid also and then I re-park my car back on the street right after (7:30am) and then a Muni bus comes by can they give me a street cleaning ticket since its a violation cause of no parking within the timeframe

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