Around The Transit Strike
strike or no strike for the city’s transit worker’s, that was the big
question as the Tribune went to press this week.
or not Queens will be told to take a long walk remained to be seen but in
the event of a strike by workers of the Metropolitan Transit Authority, City
officials were prepared to deal with the worst and hoped for the best.
Monday Dec. 9, Mayor Mike Bloomberg outlined the City’s strike contingency
plan in response to the “potential illegal work stoppage by the Transport
Workers Union (TWU),” the union representing MTA workers.
“A strike by the TWU would be illegal and the City will do everything in its power to prevent one,” Bloomberg said. “A strike would be more than inconvenient — it would endanger human life and devastate our economy. Although I hope cooler heads prevail, we have to prepare for the worst and New Yorkers may need to once again call upon their resiliency, toughness and ingenuity. Our contingency plan is designed to move as many people as possible using alternative means of transportation and to make sure that our streets remain passable for emergency vehicles. We will use ferries, carpools, and park and rides to move people around. Lane Reversals, HOV restrictions and Arterial Roadways will keep traffic moving as best as possible. A strike would be incredibly inconvenient and frustrating, but if we all did our part and follow the plan, we would get through it.”
New York City Strike Contingency Plan includes lane reversals, special High
Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) regulations, additional park and ride facilities,
additional ferry service, truck delivery restrictions and a temporary ban on
non-emergency construction. The Office of Emergency Management’s Emergency
Operations Center (EOC) will serve as the coordination hub for the City’s
strike contingency plan.
Manhattan Bridge and Tunnel crossings will have an HOV four (minimum of four
occupants per vehicle) requirement in both directions, 24-hours-a-day during
the week, and will have an HOV two (minimum of two occupants per vehicle)
24-hours-a-day during the weekend.
restrictions would switch from four to two people per car at midnight on
Saturday (Friday night) and to four people per car at midnight on Monday
restrictions will be in place on the Long Island Expressway from the
Queens-midtown Tunnel to the Grand Central Parkway and sections of
Belt Parkway and Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.
City officials urged that commuters refer to www.nyc.gov/transitstrike for the boundaries of these restrictions in the event of a strike.
accommodate extra traffic flow into and out of Manhattan, rush hour lane
reversals will be implemented at the Queens-Midtown Tunnel. During the a.m.
rush (5-11 a.m.) three inbound lanes and one outbound lane will be in place
at the Queens-Midtown Tunnel. During the p.m. rush (3-8 p.m.) three outbound
lanes and one outbound lane will be in place at the Queens Midtown tunnel.
Park & Ride facilities will feature additional transportation, including
Shea Stadium, Long Island City-Hunters Point Ferry Terminal and Belmont
Park. Numerous carpool staging areas will also be set up at Flushing
Meadows, Alley Pond Park.
ferry service will be offered by both public and private entities covering
various routes in and out of Manhattan. Existing ferry service will also be
The Taxi and Limousine Commission will allow group rides in taxicabs. There will be taxi stands at Park and Ride facilities and around the City. The restriction on street hailing of livery cab services will be lifted and taxicabs will be able to pick up additional passengers even when they have a fare. In addition, the restriction on the street hailing of commuter vans will be lifted. People with handicap license plates as well as ambulate and para-transit vehicles are exempt from the special HOV regulations. The Taxi and Limousine Commission call center will accept requests for transportation from affected persons in the disability community and forward requests for service to licensed transportation providers. The number for this hotline is 212-NYC-TAXI (212-692-8294).
City encourages all of those who are able to walk or bike to work. The
Queensboro Bridge will make Manhattan accessible by bike.
of Non-Emergency Construction: All non-essential roadwork will be suspended
in NYC. State transportation agencies will be requested to similarly suspend
non-emergency construction on major approaches to NYC. Works in progress
will be plated over.
of Parking and Street Cleaning Regulations
Alternate-side parking regulations will be suspended citywide to increase the amount of on the street parking.
most New York City Transit bus and subway will not be operating in the event
of a strike, Queens franchise buses will not be affected. They will continue
to operate, but commuters should be prepared for significant crowding and
addition, within 24 hours of an actual strike, the MTA will put in place a
contingency plan to provide limited additional service for Queens commuters
on the Long Island Rail Road Commuters should be prepared for crowding and