10:07 am Dec. 13, 2012
Downtown Brooklyn's population has been growing, and a new report argues that the neighborhood's transportation network needs to grow along with it.
On Tuesday, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Councilwoman Letitia James and three local civic groups released the "Brooklyn gateway transportation vision," a report that argues for congestion pricing, residential parking permits and more bike lanes, among other things.
"The neighborhoods of Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Carroll Gardens, Red Hook, and Park Slope face significant transportation challenges," the report says. "Existing traffic and parking congestion, demands on transit service and dangerous roads for cyclists and pedestrians already pose hurdles for residents, businesses and the environment. The opening of Barclays Center in September 2012 has further compounded these challenges."
A great deal of neighborhood concern has accompanied the opening of the new arena for the Nets at the already heavily congested intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic avenues. Very early reports suggest that the traffic on nights when there are events at the stadium isn't terrible.
This report, however, argues that "the lack of a comprehensive and satisfactory transportation demand management plan from the New York City Department of Transportation and the developer of the Atlantic Yards site" stands to further complicate the neighborhood's already stifling congestion, particularly once the full Atlantic Yards development gets built out.
The area's transit-using population, certainly, has been increasing.
"Transit ridership from 2007-2010 at stations in the BK Gateway study area—whose boundaries are the East River, Flushing Avenue, Nostrand Avenue, Empire Boulevard, and 9th Street—have grown from just over 5% at the 7th Avenue B/Q stop to approximately 28% at the York Street F station," says the report.
The report also says that Forest City Ratner should pay the subway fares for its Barclays Center patrons, as it once promised to, as well as ferry service from New Jersey to Fulton Ferry.
Also: better bus service, more secure bike parking including at Barclays Center, more bike lanes, more bike-share stations, a bicycle safety curriculum in city schools, a "transit impact fee" levied on developers to support mass transit, more rapid-bus service.
Read the whole report here.