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MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES CONTINGENCY PLAN FOR ILLEGAL STRIKE BY TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION (excerpts)



The New York City Strike Contingency Plan includes lane reversals, special HOV regulations, additional park and ride facilities, additional ferry service, truck delivery restrictions and a temporary ban on non-emergency construction, all of which are detailed below. The Office of Emergency Management's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will serve as the coordination hub for the City's strike contingency plan. All pertinent City and State agencies will have personnel assigned to the EOC, which will remain activated through the duration of the strike. Residents can also find additional information on NYC website: www.nyc.gov/transitstrike </transitstrike>. High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Requirements: All Manhattan Bridge and Tunnel crossings will have an HOV 4 (minimum of four occupants per vehicle) requirement in both directions, 24 hours a day during the week, and will have an HOV 2 (minimum of two occupants per vehicle) 24 hours a day during the weekend. The HOV 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 (Sunday night). Sections of the following roadways: the Long Island Expressway, Bruckner Expressway, Harlem River Drive, FDR Drive until 96th Street, Henry Hudson Parkway until 72nd Street, Belt Parkway Gowanus Expressway, Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, and the Prospect Expressway. Please refer to www.nyc.gov/transitstrike </transitstrike> for the boundaries of these restrictions. Reservation of Arterial Roadways: Key arterial roadways in Manhattan will be reserved for public safety vehicles and for priority transportation services from 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM. Priority transportation vehicles include medallion taxicabs, school, express, and charter buses, For Hire Vehicles (FHV), Access-A-Ride vehicles, and commuter van services with NYSDOT permits. These roadways include 5th and Madison Avenue from 23rd Street to 96th Street, as well as 26th, 29th, 49th, and 50th Streets from 1st to 12th Avenues. The following roadways are reserved to Emergency vehicles

only: Maiden Lane, Cortlandt, Nassau, Rector, Vesey, and Church Streets in lower Manhattan. Lane Reversals: To accommodate extra traffic flow into and out of Manhattan, rush hour lane reversals will be implemented on the Williamsburg, and Manhattan Bridges, as well as the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and Staten Island's Bay Street.

Bridge/Tunnel AM Rush (5-11 AM) # of Lanes PM Rush (3-8 PM) # of Lanes



Manhattan Bridge 3 Inbound & 2 Outbound 3 Outbound & 2 Inbound

Williamsburg Bridge 6 Inbound & 2 Outbound 6 Outbound & 2 Inbound

Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel 3 Inbound & 1 Outbound 3 Outbound & 1 Inbound



Queens-Midtown Tunnel 3 Inbound & 1 Outbound 3 Outbound & 1 Inbound

Lincoln Tunnel 4 Inbound & 2 Outbound 4 Outbound & 2 Inbound

Park & Rides and Carpool Staging Areas:

NYC has several Park & Ride facilities available access additional transportation, including Yankee Stadium, Shea Stadium, Long Island-Hunters Point Ferry Terminal, Belmont Park, Staten Island Yankee Stadium, Staten Island's Cromwell Center, and St. George Terminal Parking. Numerous carpool staging areas will also be set up around the five boroughs. See attached list for additional carpool staging areas. Carpool staging areas are sites for commuters to meet colleagues, friends or ad-hoc groups prior to accessing HOV roadways into Manhattan.

Park Ride

Yankee Stadium Metro-North Shuttle to Midtown

Shea Stadium LIRR to Midtown Off Peak: 9 AM to 4 PM & 7 PM to 10 PM

SI Yankee Stadium / Cromwell Center Staten Island Ferry

South Brooklyn Marine Terminal Brooklyn Ferry

Belmont Park Shuttle Bus to LIRR stop at Floral Park

Long Island Hunters Point Term. Hunters Point Ferry



Borough Carpool Staging Areas

Brooklyn Marine Park, Abe Stark Skating Rink, South Brooklyn Marine Terminal

Queens Flushing Meadows, Alley Pond Park

Bronx Orchard Beach, Ferry Point Park

Staten Island South Beach, Wolf's Pond Park

Manhattan 148th Street and Riverside Drive

Additional Ferry Service:

Additional 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 expanded. Taxi and Limousine Restrictions: 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). Pedestrian and Bicycle Commuting: The City of New York encourages all of those who are able to walk or bike to work. The following crossings into Manhattan are pedestrian and bicycle accessible.

Bridge Pedestrian/Bicycle Entrance

Broadway Bridge MN - Broadway at 225th Street

Brooklyn Bridge MN - Park Row and Frankfort Street BK - Tillary Street and

Adams Street

Macombs Dam Bridge MN - 155th StreetBX - Jerome Avenue

Madison Avenue Bridge MN - Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue BX - 138th Street



Manhattan Bridge MN - Bowery and Canal Street BK - Jay Street and Sands

Street

Queensboro Bridge MN - 60th StreetQN - Queens Plaza

Third Avenue Bridge MN - 129th Street BX - Willis Avenue, 134th Street

Washington Bridge MN - 181st Street BX - University Avenue

Williamsburg Bridge MN - Clinton Street and Delancey Street BK - Bedford

Avenue between South 5th Street and South 6th Street

Willis Avenue Bridge MN - 1st Avenue and 125th Street BX - Willis Avenue,

134th Street

145th Street Bridge MN - 145th StreetBX - 145th Street

Suspension 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. Suspension of Parking and Street Cleaning Regulations: Alternate-side parking regulations will be suspended citywide to increase the amount of on the street parking. Restricted Truck Deliveries: Truck deliveries will not be permitted south of 96th Street in Manhattan from 6:00 AM - 10:00 AM. Regional law enforcement and transportation agencies will be requested to divert trucks from bridge and tunnel approaches during these hours. MTA's Non-New York City Transit Operations Continue While most New York City Transit bus and subway will not be operating in the event of a strike, the Staten Island Railway, as well as New York City Transit's Staten Island and Brooklyn, Queens and Bronx franchise buses will not be affected. They will continue to operate, but commuters should be prepared for significant crowding and delays. In addition, within 24 hours of an actual strike, the MTA will put in place a contingency plan to provide limited additional service for Queens and Bronx commuters on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad. Commuters should be prepared for crowding and delays. Details of that service will be available on line at www.mta.info starting this Wednesday and in a printed brochure that will be available at major railroad stations such as Pennsylvania Station, Atlantic Terminal and Grand Central Terminal later this week. All maps and additional strike related information are available on New York City's website: www.nyc.gov/transitstrike </transitstrike> or tune into Crosswalks TV (ch.74). www.nyc.gov

Contact: Please call 212-225-5368 or 718-225-5368 with any questions.

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