NYPD rolls out squad to target cars parked in bus lanes

January 24, 2019 - 3:23 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- We all know how sluggish city buses can be, but the mayor wants to change that.

The NYPD now has a squad for clearing out bus lanes, and the ticket for parking in one costs $115.

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"If you are told by the NYPD that adds an additional $185," NYPD Transportation Chief Thomas Chan said.

The department has been working with the MTA to find the most clogged bus lanes in the city -- which can crawl at between 3 and 5 mph.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city owes it to New Yorkers to improve service.

"Two and a half million bus riders every day. We owe it to them to speed up bus service," he said.

Ridership has been down across the city as many people have opted for faster modes of transportation.