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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: 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].