Motorists flouting carpool rule on Staten Island Expressway

Diane J. Savino

July 29, 2010

Published: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 7:01 AM
 Maura Yates

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- More than half the cars using the Staten Island Expressway's New Jersey-bound Bus/HOV lane in the afternoon - 54 percent - are driven by solo drivers, violating the carpool lane's requirement that cars must have two or more occupants to take advantage of the faster ride.

State Sen. Diane Savino praised the state DOT's decision earlier this week to keep the bus lanes open to HOV2+ carpools, and to ultimately increase the designation to bus/HOV3+, which would allow only buses and cars with three or more occupants, once construction is completed on the highway sometime around 2013.

But, considering the current violation rate, "without enforcement cameras, it's not really going to make any difference," Ms. Savino said.

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