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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 1:08 pm, Thu Sep 12, 2019.

Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village) may not have been able to stop the Department of Transportation from installing a bus lane on Fresh Pond Road but he is warning constituents that tickets are being issued along it, though some can be dismissed.

He said the DOT told him, “Anyone who gets a ticket this week during the first 5 days after the new signage has been installed is eligible to receive a letter from DOT. This letter can be used when appealing the ticket and it will most likely result in the ticket being dropped.”

In a Facebook post from last Thursday, the lawmaker recommended emailing either avaichunas@council.nyc.gov or rkelley@council.nyc.gov for details.

In July, Community Board 5 voted 28-6 against the DOT’s bus lane proposal, despite a recommendation from the board’s Transportation Committee in favor of the plan.

Holden also met with MTA President Andy Byford and other staff members at the Fresh Pond Bus Depot. Byford will look into reducing the number of dead head buses and Brooklyn buses that use the depot, according to Holden.

The lawmaker added that Byford told him there will be “noticeably fewer homeless on the M train thanks to improved enforcement.”

Holden also said Byford will consider bringing an express bus to Maspeth.

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