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Holiday parking, subway disruptions and red lights

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Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2012 12:00 pm | Updated: 1:25 pm, Thu Mar 29, 2012.

Easter comes early this year, and holidays are packed into the start of the month. Passover starts the night of April 6, which is also Good Friday, yielding a wave of alternate side parking suspensions. ASP will be suspended April 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14. All other curbside regulations, including parking meters, remain in effect.

Springtime also signals the advent of the Mets’ baseball season, with tens of thousands of fans (including the Guru!) heading to Citi Field for Opening Day at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 5. Highways that will be affected include Grand Central Parkway, Whitestone, Van Wyck and Long Island expressways. Local streets, such as Northern Boulevard, College Point Boulevard, 126th Street and Roosevelt Avenue, will also be jammed. Parking lots open three hours prior to game time. The game will let out between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. just in time for afternoon peak hour traffic through Queens. I will be on the 7 train.

For traffic updates and tidbits on getting to and from Citi Field all season long, follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/GridlockSam.

Multiple daily bridge lifts at the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge will continue through mid-April due to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers marsh islands restoration project in Jamaica Bay. Drivers should use the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge as an alternate.

The MTA renews its Fastrack maintenance repairs along the Seventh and Eighth Avenue lines in April, suspending overnight service along those route sections. There will be no service along Seventh Avenue between 34th Street-Penn Station and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn (or the 1 train to South Ferry) 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly from Monday, April 9 through the morning of Friday, April 13. Two weeks later, it will be Eighth Avenue’s turn, meaning there will be no A or C service between 59th Street in Manhattan and Jay Street-MetroTech in Brooklyn (or E service between 50th Street and the World Trade Center) 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly from Monday, April 23 through the morning of Friday, April 27. For more details about MTA repairs, visit the Planned Service Changes section at mta.info.

FROM THE MAILBAG:
 

Dear Queens Traffic Guru,

I was told that if an intersection does not have signs posted stating that there is a red light camera, people can use this as a defense in fighting the ticket. Is this true?

Natalie, via email

Dear Natalie,

No. There is no requirement in New York City that signs must be posted at the specific intersections where red light cameras are in effect. The most warning drivers will see are signs at city boundaries alerting them that red light camera enforcement is used — along with how there is no right turn on red and the speed limit is 30 mph, both unless otherwise posted.

Queens’ Traffic Guru

Have questions on traffic, transit or a ticket you got? Want to know when Gridlock Alert Days are? Email the Queens Traffic Guru at TrafficGuruSS@qchron.net or write to Queens Traffic Guru, 611 Broadway, Suite 415, New York NY, 10012.

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