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Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) & NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) will present plans to alleviate the effects of the L Train Canarsie Shutdown.
We will also discuss the Governor’s FIX NYC report, a task force on ADA compliance and the priorities for the year.
Please note the meeting location
Wednesday February 21st, 6:30 p.m.
Hudson Guild Elliot Center
441 W. 26th Street
Dan Carpenter Room A/B
In Early February, the Port Authority Chair, CEO and staff met with elected officials from New Jersey and New york, representatives from City Agencies, and the community board 4 and 5 in one of the most amicable meetings to date.
The Port Authority has retained consultants who will perform the planning and EIS work necessary to involve the public, filter down the options and analyze the qualified alternatives that meet the goals of the project. A walk through is scheduled next week to kick off this process.
They also confirmed that an on-site redevelopment was considered technically feasible and that a separate group is pursuing the study of Trans Hudson rail options for the long range.
Port Authority personnel came to speak to the Full board of Community Board 4, a first in the history of our relationship. In a parallel effort to become better neighbors, the Port doubled its cleaning and de-icing crews to improve the conditions on all the sidewalks that abut their property in Hell’s Kitchen South . As soon as the weather permits they will repair the numerous cracks in the sidewalk; and we are told that improved lighting will be installed under the 9th and 10th Avenue bridges.
The Hell’s Kitchen South Coalition has been busy as well. A sub – committee headed by Betty MacIntosh is preparing a neighborhood plan to develop 9 parcels of land owned by the Port Authority in Hell’s Kitchen South . An overview will be unveiled at the next
Clinton Hells’s Kitchen Land Use committee
Wed., March 14th, 6:30 p.m.
307 West 43rd Street, Cameo Studios, Studio B.
All in all, good progress in the right direction.
The panel also recommends to enforce gridlock laws and Bus lanes with cameras if feasible, to overhaul the placards program and to focus on the bus congestion on the West Side and Lower Manhattan .
These recommendations are critical to bring relief to our neighborhood which sees more than its fair share of placard, gridlocks and buses. It gives us a platform to discuss the bus permitting system and its deficiencies, and hopefully find a way to put buses where they belong, in a garage and not on residential streets.
We were fortunate that savvy New Yorkers were able to bring common sense and valuable information to the panel. Bravo Governor Cuomo. Now let’s turn up our sleeves.
The transit system is in crisis mode: delays on the subway have tripled over the last five years, subway stations are crumbling, and aging signal systems can’t keep up with growing ridership. Meanwhile, our streets are increasingly clogged with traffic, which results in buses that travel at walking speeds, and impatient drivers who endanger people walking and biking and abuse every inch of space. This is unacceptable.
There is a group of lawmakers who don’t want this nightmare to end — and they are trying to squash the best idea out there for fixing our transit system: congestion pricing. It could fix the subways. It could make our streets safer. It could end gridlock as we know it. When congestion pricing was enacted in London, total traffic crashes fell 40% and the bicycle crash rate fell 80%.
Only 4% of outer borough commuters drive to Manhattan for work, and on average, New York City car-owners earn twice as much as New Yorkers who don’t drive. Congestion pricing just makes sense.
The plan announced on Friday — produced by the Fix NYC panel — will only succeed if we all get behind it .. and share with all your friends
After the community board asked twice for crosstown bike lanes, DOT is presenting their plan for multiple crosstown protected bike lanes, as well as a project to implement a pair on 26/29th Streets where a bicyclist was killed by a bus driver last summer.
MTA and DOT are planning open houses to collect community input on their plan for subway, buses, bicycles and pedestrians during the shutdown of the L train. Mitigation of traffic on the adjacent streets will be discussed as well.
Canarsie Tunnel Open Houses
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 5:00 -8:00 p.m.
328 West 14th Street
In addition to the Open Houses, MCB4 has requested that MTA and DOT present to the Transporation Committee with a focus on mitigation in Chelsea. The date is not set yet.
Another long distance company is requesting a stop on 42nd street , in the bus lane , at the bus stop on the South East corner of 42nd and 9th. there are already two stops for airport buses , one stop for a local tour bus and illegally parked post office trucks.
One wonders why MTA buses are slow.
Please join us and speak up on this matter.
Manhattan Community Baord 4 – Transportation committee
Wednesday , January 17, 6:30 p.m.
Cameo Studo B , 307 West 43rd Street (8/9)