Turnpike HOV Lanes- 2 points
§ 19:9-1.24 Lane usage; Interchanges 11 to 14
(a) The left travel lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike's outer roadways from Interchange 11 in the Township of Woodbridge to Interchange 14 in the City of Newark are designated as special reserved lanes for high occupancy vehicles ("HOVs") during certain weekday hours specified below. Such lanes may only be used by vans or cars with a minimum of three persons or more, inclusive of the driver, or by buses or motorcycles regardless of occupancy, during time periods set forth in (a)1 and 2 below. During all other hours, the lanes will be open to all vehicular traffic, with the exception of commercial vehicles as that term is defined in N.J.A.C. 19:9-1.1.
1. Northbound--from 6:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M., Monday through Friday, from Interchange 11 to Interchange 14.
2. Southbound--from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, from Interchange 14 to Interchange 11.
(b) Excepted from the provisions of this section are State Police vehicles, the Authority's maintenance and official vehicles and vehicles authorized to furnish towing and other services to disabled vehicles on the Turnpike, when they are properly in use in the performance of authorized Authority duties. Also exempt are all other vehicles discharging emergency functions, such as ambulances and fire engines.
(c) The Authority retains discretion to modify or suspend the occupancy requirement and/or hours of operation and permit the closure of the HOV lanes to allow operation as general purpose traffic lanes in emergency circumstances based upon the impact on patron safety, convenience and the orderly flow of traffic.
(d) Enforcement of this section shall be governed by the traffic control provisions set forth in N.J.S.A. 27:23-28 and N.J.A.C. 19:9-1.3.
New Rule, R.1996 d.508, effective November 4, 1996.
Amended by R.2005 d.23, effective January 3, 2005