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

Posted By Aaron Bialick On February 12, 2013 @ 5:11 pm In Muni,Muni Forward,SFMTA,Traffic Enforcement,Transit | 19 Comments


A parking control officer reviews video footage from a bus-mounted camera to mail tickets to drivers parked in bus-only lanes. Image: KRON 4 [2]

Every Muni bus will be fitted with a front-facing camera [3] to enforce transit-only lanes [4] by spring of next year, according to the SF Municipal Transportation Agency [PDF [5]]. 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 [5] 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 [6].

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[1] Image: http://sf.streetsblog.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2013/02/cameras.jpg

[2] KRON 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bw58QBJju6s

[3] front-facing camera: http://sf.streetsblog.org/2012/12/13/bus-mounted-cameras-for-transit-only-lanes-more-please/

[4] enforce transit-only lanes: http://sf.streetsblog.org/2009/08/11/violations-in-sfs-transit-only-lanes-rampant-and-rarely-enforced/

[5] PDF: http://www.sfmta.com/cms/cmta/documents/2-15-13pagtolepptredacted.pdf

[6] Transit Effectiveness Project: http://sf.streetsblog.org/2012/04/23/toward-a-faster-muni-detailed-tep-improvement-proposals-now-availabl/

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