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)
Community Board 4 wrote a letter to DOT asking them to study the feasibility of protected crosstown bike lanes on 37th and 38th Streets from 11th to 8th Avenue .
The bike lanes would connect workers and residents of the emerging Hudson Yards district to the northbound / southbound lanes on 8th and 9th Avenues. And the recent fatality on 26th street has illustrated that further protection is needed to make this mode of transportation safe for all. This could also be a boon to the Javits’ Center visitors who need a more protected environment to use a bike in New York city.
“CB4 supports Hudson Yards/Hell’s Kitchen Alliance BID ’s proposal for bike lanes on these streets and requests that DOT create a plan for protected bike lanes on these streets from Eighth Avenue to Eleventh Avenue. Over the past several years, CB4 has repeatedly requested that DOT provide safe, protected crosstown bike lines. While DOT has stated they are working on several proposals, the safety of our city’s pedestrians and cyclists cannot wait. In this case, the local businesses and communities are explicitly requesting these lanes in order to make their streets more friendly and inviting.”
The developers are anxious to see this facility come on line and we are too!
The results of a recent study concluded this month was presented to the Port Authority Board of Commissioners on September 28, 2017. Engineering and Construction firms concluded that it would be feasible to add two floors to the current bus Terminal and then proceed to renovate the floors below , in a top down approach. This technique has been used before on other buildings. Thus this will be included in the options to be studied as part of the environmental process .
You can see the presentation here and view the video Here ( 0:31:28).
While this is a good news from a land use perspective – no eminent domain will be necessary- many key issues air quality and street safety remain to be addressed: increasing by 40% diesel bus exhaust is not going in the right direction unless the building is fully enclosed and the air filtered. And what will happened to pedestrians with 40% more buses on the street or to 40% more commuters who want to go the East side and use the E line , which is already at capacity?
This is only the very first step in a very long precess to resolve all these critical issues to the community satisfaction. We have our work cut for us.
On October 5, 2017 Council Member Corey Johnson was joined by Senator Brad Hoylman, Assembly Member Dick Gottfried, a representative of Assembly Member Rosenthal , CB5 and CB4 to host a meeting of Bus companies Executives, representative and executive officers of their association, the DOT and NYPD.
This was the second meeting called by the council member’s office in response to the cyclists deaths earlier in the summer in Chelsea.
The list of concerns discussed was long : Bus routes ( DOT is preparing a new map for buses) Idling is a major issue (DOT clarified the rules – Idling is not permitted during prolonged Loading – unloading – Air conditioning need the engine idling to cool the cab- eventually electric buses will be an answer. Alternate fuels and auxiliary power should be considered) Spill back which has a major effect on pedestrians , Parking and Layover is a major issue (DOT should publish a map and explore a reservation system as exists in Alexandria, VA, DOT should push for the building of a bus garage).
A good meeting but an endless battle to be continued …
After a number of Community Boards banded together to ask the DOT to protect intersections along bike lanes, a study is underway to look at all intersections treatments and come back with recommendation some time next year.
As part of this study, the DOT installed various tests, bollards on the upper west side, Columbus Avenue at 70th Street and Amsterdam Avenue at 85th Street; and a split LPI in Hell’s Kitchn (9th Avenue at W38th Street) . We look forward to get your feedback.
This comes on the heels of DOT’s publication of ” Safer Cycling” a report that analyzes all causes of death and injuries for cyclists. It found that while cycling is getting safer, especially in CitiBike’s territory, the vast majority of crashes occur on streets without protected bike lanes , and 86% of serious injuries occur at intersections. Something pedestrians are well aware of.
Most crashes leading to fatalities fall in three categories : traveling adjacent to a motor vehicle (29%), traveling at a right angle to a motor vehicle (27%), and motor vehicle turn crashes (21%), the latter being very close to the statistics for pedestrians.
Since 2009, CHEKPEDS has been advocating for Split phase signals at all intersections on bike lanes.
In 2017, the Hudson Yards/ Hell’s Kitchen ( HYHK) Alliance completed a comprehensive streetscape study in their catchment area of 30th to 42nd Street, 9th Avenue to 11th Avenue. One of the unexpected findings is that many traffic signals have not been properly adjusted to allow enough time for pedestrians to cross the road.
The map below illustrate which intersections are not in compliance and thus present dangerous situation for pedestrians. The HYHK asked the Community Board 4 (CB4) to support their request to DOT to adjust signals at those intersections . CB4 voted unanimously to support it and is writing a letter to the DOT to this effect.
After our presentation on Air quality - or lack thereof – to the Parks and Environment Committee of CB4, the state agency in charge of the environment – Department for Environmental Conservation, (DEC) will be presenting their plans and efforts to the committee.
Department of Environmental Conservation Presentation
Thursday, October 14, 2017, 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
353 West 30th Street
The 50% increase in the number of buses in our backyard proposed by the Port Authority means that our air will become much worse when it should be improved.