Transit Issues

December, 2008

Something’s gotta give! Yeah — you!

Vox Pop: The economy is in the tank — so our leaders are talking about either tolls on the East River bridges or higher subway fares (or both). So we hit the streets to find out whether Brooklynites think the bridges should be tolled or the fares should be hiked (or neither!). Comments (2).

OK, keep cars in Prospect Park

Mean Streets: Transportation Alternatives — a bicycle advocacy group — is waving the white flag in its fight to make Prospect Park car-free. Comments (15).

What the F?! Finally, the MTA wants to know

Transit: Hate the F train? The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it wants to hear from you. Comments (3).

November, 2008

Hasids: We’ll block traffic to KO bike lanes

Mean Streets: Opposition to newly painted bike lanes on Kent Avenue is so strong in Williamsburg’s Hasidic community that one Orthodox leader vows that the faithful will block traffic if the city does not remove the cycling routes. Comments (38).

Locals want BQE cover-up

Carroll Gardens: In the greatest reunification project since East and West Germany, residents of Carroll Gardens and the Columbia Waterfront District want to reconnect neighborhoods that were split by a trench portion of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in the 1950s — but do so without supporting Mayor Bloomberg’s vision of high rises on decks over the sunken highway. Comments (5).

MTA cuts would cut Brooklyn to pieces

Transit: Getting around Brooklyn — especially for residents of Williamsburg, Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst — will get a lot harder under proposed cuts by the MTA. Comments (4).

So, what cuts are we facing?

Transit: The following is a list, provided by the MTA, of all the service in Brooklyn that would be cut in the worst-case scenario. Comment.

Bike Ferris wheel loses!

Mean Streets: An ambitious plan to create a 10-story bike storage Ferris wheel towering over the Smith-Ninth Street F-train station was narrowly defeated in an architecture competition by a less-spectacular, but admittedly more-realistic, design on Monday night. Comment.

October, 2008

Smith-Ninth rehab will cost more and take longer

Carroll Gardens: It’s the same F-ing story at the crumbling Smith-Ninth Street station: repairs are going to cost more — much more — and take much longer. Comment.

Bikers win a battle Downtown

Mean Streets: Bike riders won a huge victory in their ongoing battle with drivers for control of the roadways as the city painted a new bike lane on busy Smith and Jay streets. Comments (1).

Locals: Keep cars in Prospect Park

Mean Streets: Countering a wave of bike-friendly initiatives, community groups rallied on Thursday against cycling activists’ calls for a car-free Prospect Park — saying that such a scheme would clog their neighborhoods with the hundreds of vehicles that currently use park roads during morning and evening rush hours. Comments (15).

September, 2008

All drawn out

Cartoon: Each week, award-winning cartoonist Cristian Fleming gives us his take on the issues of the day. This week, Fleming looks at the conflict between bikers and drivers. Comment.

August, 2008

Ridge stations too damaged to paint?

Bay Ridge: An MTA official suggested this week that a paint job won’t be enough to fix three Bay Ridge subway stations. Comments (1).

July, 2008

The MTA’s un-fare-ness

Editorial: Our editorial board slams the MTA for a lack of common sense in the latest Metrocard snafu. Comment.

Ikea to city: No bike lanes!

Mean Streets: A city plan for new bike lanes to the Ikea superstore would be so “dangerous” according to the store’s manager that he’s threatening to renege on some promises to the community if the project goes forward. Comments (22).

Ticketing the Slope

Editorial: Our editorial board comes down against drivers who complained about getting tickets now that the long “No Parking” suspension is over in Park Slope. Comments (5).

Bike town, BK! North Brooklyn rolls ahead in bicycle bragging rights battle

Williamsburg: Bicycle traffic across the Williamsburg Bridge is soaring, just-released statistics show — and neighborhood bike advocates are claiming victory in their bloodless battle for bike bragging rights over Brownstone Brooklyn. Comments (2).

Transit candidate on a roll?

Politicrasher: Our political insider takes the measure of Council candidate Gary Reilly, eternal optimist. Comments (2).

June, 2008

Ikea has meatballs, couches and … jams

Red Hook: Quiet Red Hook streets became bumper-to-bumper traffic jams when hordes of furniture-crazed shoppers flocked to the newly opened Ikea on its debut weekend. Comments (10).

A rail pain: MTA nixes station renovations

Transit: A plan to renovate 15 deteriorating Brooklyn subway stations has been derailed by skyrocketing costs and budget shortfalls, Metropolitan Transit Authority officials announced this week. Comment.

Tourist ‘trolley’ goes the way of the Dodgers

Transit: The fake, gas-guzzling tourist trolleys that have failed to attract visitors to Brooklyn’s cultural institutions have been quietly put out of their misery, and will be replaced later this summer with fuel-efficient models that will go all the way into Manhattan in search of tourist treasure. Comments (3).

Two wheels good, four wheels bad

Red Hook: Red Hook — haven for big box shoppers or the most bicycle friendly neighborhood in the city? Well, why not both, thanks to this new design competition? Comment.

Ikea hires 17 cops to handle Red Hook traffic

Red Hook: Ikea is so concerned about traffic after its June 18 opening that it will pay the NYPD to deploy 17 uniformed cops to keep cars flowing through the summer, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. With video … Comments (2).

4th Avenue left waiting at the station

Park Slope: The MTA giveth and the MTA taketh away. This time, the almighty transportation agency has abandoned its ambitious plans to renovate the shabby Fourth Avenue station in Park Slope into a glittering, light-filled, Euro-styled stunner, The Brooklyn Paper has learned. Comments (3).

May, 2008

DOT tries to cool hot corner

Downtown: The city will reconfigure one of Brooklyn’s most-dangerous intersections — at Adams and Tillary streets in Downtown — but the work won’t happen without a fight. Comments (9).

Quick(er) fix for Verrazano

Bay Ridge: Repairs of the Staten Island–bound lanes of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge could be completed before July 4, two months earlier than expected and more than a year ahead of schedule, state officials announced this week. Comment.

Ferry needs riders

Bay Ridge: The new ferry service between Bay Ridge and the Lower Manhattan is a long way from being able to stay afloat without help from the city. Comments (3).

The art of the bus stop seat

Art: The newest street art installation in Park Slope might not knock you off your feet — but if it does, at least you’ll have a place to sit. Comment.

Ferry good news

Bay Ridge: The Bloomberg Administration announced this week that it will provide more than $1 million in subsidies to bring ferry service back to Sunset Park next week. Comments (1).

March, 2008

Unfare! MTA rejects better service

Transit: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority played straphangers for the fool, canceling $30 million in subway and bus improvements that were promised in the wake of the fare increase — an abrupt turnaround from promises made by the state agency earlier this month. Comments (1).

February, 2008

Riders: It’s ferry bad

Transit: Regular passengers on the Sunset Park to Lower Manhattan ferry slammed New York Water Taxi for hastily announcing that it will suspend winter service on Jan. 31. Comments (3).

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