Transit Issues

City Council Speaker skeptical of MTA reorganization plan, vows hearing

When the Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved a reorganization plan for the first time in more than half a century, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called it “a good start,” but the leader of the New York City Council says the state-run agency is on the wrong track. Comments (10)
The MTA announced a “major milestone” Thursday that subway on-time performance hit 81.5 percent in June, the first time it’s been above 80 percent in nearly six years. Comments (1)
Crown Heights: He’s not playing fare! Comments (26)
Marine Park: Pro-bike advocates are condemning the city for unsafe road conditions in Southern Brooklyn after the driver of an SUV fatally struck a bicyclist in Marine Park on Sunday night. Comments (69)
Coney Island: Transportation officials temporarily re-routed three bus routes in Coney Island to accommodate an ongoing construction project at the intersection of Surf Avenue and W. 22nd Street, officials announced this week. Comments (1)
Coney Island: The city endangered Coney Islanders by failing to implement adequate traffic and pedestrian safety measures at an intersection that sits squarely in the middle of two construction projects, locals allege. Comments (2)
The state Legislature is prepared to approve congestion pricing as part of the governor’s executive budget — a measure that would only affect between one and two percent of Kings Countians who drive into the distant isle of Manhattan, according to analysts. Comments (30)

MTA to spend $6.2M on camera enforcement for bus lanes throughout New York City

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has awarded a $6.2 million contract to a company that will launch camera enforcement of bus lanes to ticket drivers who they say slow bus lanes to a crawl and add to the declining ridership experienced by the agency in recent years. Comments (6)
Mean Streets: The city plans to install a raised, two-way bike lane on Ocean Avenue along the border of Prospect Park as part of a grander scheme to ring Brooklyn’s Backyard with dedicated paths for cyclists. Comments (42)
Mean Streets: Southern Brooklyn civic leaders must advocate for more dedicated bike paths in the area, according to local cyclists, who claimed the leaders of local community boards routinely thwart their efforts to promote the form of alternative transportation in traditionally car-heavy neighborhoods. Comments (43)
Mean Streets: As many as 750 speed cameras will soon monitor drivers in city school zones, according to Gov. Cuomo, who on Tuesday said he will sign a bill authorizing a massive expansion of the cameras, and the hours they operate, after the state Senate and Assembly each passed versions of the legislation. Comments (54)

Shoring up Bergen Beach: City kicks off $52-million, four-year project to repair roads in nabe

Bergen Beach: Bergen Beach drivers should brace themselves for years of traffic delays in the neighborhood, after the city kicked off a multi-million-dollar project to shore up local roads that will take no less than four years to complete, according to a civic guru. Comment
Prospect-Lefferts Gardens: Flatbush Avenue–bound 2 and 5 trains will bypass Prospect-Lefferts Gardens’s Winthrop Street station for four months starting March 18, according to Metropolitan Transportation Authority shot callers, and locals who rely on the hub are not happy about it. Comments (5)
Williamsburg: G-train straphangers now have even more options to walk in and out of Williamsburg’s Metropolitan Avenue station, after state transit officials wrapped a job to reopen a long-shuttered mezzanine near the Union Avenue end of the hub, and install a new staircase leading from the Kensington-bound platform to the station’s second mezzanine that connects to the L line. Comments (1)
Bay Ridge: The number of school-zone speed cameras across the city could quintuple if state lawmakers pass a new bill introduced by a Southern Brooklyn pol on Thursday. Comments (36)
Williamsburg: Advocates of Mayor DeBlasio’s beloved Brooklyn–Queens streetcar project are so confident officials will fill the scheme’s $1-billion funding gap that they invited experts from other cities with trolley systems to discuss such infrastructure’s pros and cons with local business owners on Tuesday. Comments (5)
Blind Spots: Park Slope residents and other passersby on March 5 laid mementos and offered silent prayers at a memorial near the Fifth Avenue intersection where a driver hit and killed two kids as they crossed the street one year ago to that day. Comments (10)
Mean Streets: He’s taking a walk on the safer side. Comments (14)
Mean Streets: Firefighters rushed to put out a blaze on the Brookyln–Queens Expressway on Monday, when a truck burst into flames on the highway near the Columbia Street Waterfront District. Comments (5)
Blind Spots: Police are hunting for the hit-and-run driver who fatally struck a cyclist in Williamsburg on Thursday, without stopping, while behind the wheel of what cops described as a tanker. Comments (56)
Fixing the BQE: Department of Transportation officials will meet with leaders of local community boards behind closed doors on March 11, to get the civic gurus’ input on the proposals to repair the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway’s crumbling triple cantilever, according to an agency spokeswoman. Comments (17)
Downtown: Local pols must pump the brakes on their renewed calls to again split R-train service between Brooklyn and Manhattan, because another bifurcation would mean longer commutes for many straphangers, and do nothing to improve the core problems plaguing the beleaguered line, according to riders. Comments (17)
Mean Streets: The city endangered cyclists by painting bike lanes on Fourth Avenue that abruptly end at construction sites where traffic is reduced to one lane, forcing bike riders to choose between their wheels and their lives, according to one outraged bicyclist. Comments (53)
Mean Streets: The city refuses to station traffic-safety agents near ongoing construction projects on Fourth Avenue in Sunset Park, putting hundreds of area students’ lives at risk as they walk to school each day, according to a local civic leader. Comments (21)
Mean Streets: Sunset Park civic gurus blessed Industry City honchos’ scheme to install more giant planters outside the sprawling commercial hub, in an effort to stop big rigs from illegally parking on streets surrounding it. Comments (11)
Fixing the BQE: The city’s controversial proposal to turn the Brooklyn Heights Promenade into a six-lane speedway for cars and trucks during the reconstruction of the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway’s triple cantilever could violate decades-old laws established to protect views from the fabled walkway, according to a landmarks expert. Comments (6)

Something stinks: Pols, union leaders demand L service suspension after lingering fumes send workers to hospital

River of Tears: State transportation officials must indefinitely stop service on the L train until they erase all traces of the noxious gas fumes that filled the line’s tunnels last week and reportedly sent workers to the hospital, and caused straphangers to faint and vomit, according to a local pol. Comments (7)

Ready to roll: City taps engineer to begin environmental review of BQX trolley project

Red Hook: The city on Wednesday tapped an engineering firm to study the environmental impacts that Mayor DeBlasio’s beloved Brooklyn–Queens trolley may have on the neighborhoods through which it would run, according to the leader of an advocacy group for the so-called Brooklyn Queens Connector. Comments (17)

What the smell? MTA suspends L service after noxious fumes stifle straphangers

River of Tears: Don’t you love the smell of L train in the morning? Comments (8)

Ferry uneasy: City named Coney Creek as site for nabe’s new ferry before solving critical logistical, environmental issues, locals say

Coney Island: The city must address unanswered logistical and environmental questions about its plan to create a ferry stop in Coney Island Creek, according to some locals, who blasted officials for failing to include solutions to such concerns in their formal location study before selecting the site. Comments (13)
Mean Streets: Postal workers continue to use residential Park Slope streets as parking lots for both their work and personal vehicles, according to residents, who said the federal employees use placards to park illegally even after an agency rep told this newspaper that those placards would be revoked. Comments (64)

Berm notice: Architect behind third BQE fix fleshes out plan to send traffic on roadway near park, instead of on Promenade

Fixing the BQE: The architect who late last year proposed a third way to fix the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway’s triple cantilever unveiled more details for the scheme that proposes sending traffic down a temporary roadway near Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comments (27)
Mean Streets: A stretch of Ninth Street in Park Slope where a driver hit and killed two children last year is now more dangerous to pedestrians than ever, following a redesign that brought new protected bike lanes to the road, locals alleged. Read more…
River of Tears: It’s L-pocalypse now — the sequel! Comments (18)
Williamsburg: State transportation leaders officially cancelled the L-train closure, stating Metropolitan Transportation Authority board members do not have to approve the new subway-repair plan Gov. Cuomo abruptly revealed on Jan. 3, despite his previous claims the panel would need to sign off on the scheme. Comments (3)
Mean Streets: A bicycle vault coming to the streets outside Atlantic Terminal Mall this spring will provide a new, hip way for cycling commuters to stash their pedal-powered rides, according to its creator. Comments (15)
Mean Streets: Scaffolding outside a Downtown building came crashing down on Tuesday, after a man smashed his sport-utility vehicle into the temporary wooden-and-metal structure on Cadman Plaza West, according to a Fire Department spokesman. Comments (7)

Pickup-truck driver fatally hits man in Williamsburg

Mean Streets: A man died after a driver hit him while he crossed a Williamsburg street, police said. Comments (9)

Drunk driver from Marine Park prison-bound for leaving friend to die in fiery crash

Mean Streets: A drunk driver will spend at least four years in state prison after leaving his friend to die in a fiery, Greenwood Heights crash in 2017. Comments (2)

It’s a shore thing! City ferry service will add stop in Coney Island, mayor announces

Bay Ridge: Coney Island will receive a long sought after stop on the city’s ferry service as part of a new South Brooklyn express route to Manhattan, Mayor DeBlasio announced. Comments (11)

Cops: Driver hits, kills Bensonhurst senior on New Year’s Eve

Mean Streets: A driver struck and killed a Bensonhurst senior blocks from his home on New Year’s Eve, police said on Wednesday. Comments (7)

Senior hit, killed by driver on Gravesend street

Mean Streets: A driver hit and killed a senior in Gravesend on Wednesday, police said. Comments (2)

L-pocalypse no! Gov pulls plug on 15-month L closure, reveals new plan that allows continued service

River of Tears: Gov. Cuomo on Thursday abruptly announced the L train will not close for 15 months in April, upending the planned reconstruction project that state and city transit leaders for years warned Brooklynites would wreak havoc on their commutes. Comments (19)

Cyclist killed on Third Ave after crashing into cab door and hurtling into traffic

Mean Streets: A driver fatally crashed into a cyclist on Jan. 1, after the bicycle rider collided with the open door of a taxi cab and hurtled into traffic on Third Avenue in Greenwood Heights. Comments (10)
Mean Streets: A woman crashed her sport-utility vehicle into a Georgetown home on Thursday, injuring one. Comment

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