From the Times Ledger:
The city’s study on a truck bypass that would send commercial traffic around downtown Maspeth may be underway, but 18-wheelers still clog Grand and Flushing avenues, prompting elected and civic leaders to call on the city Department of Transportation to ban the vehicles immediately.
Convincing the city to change Grand Avenue to a local truck route from a route that allows commercial traffic to drive through Maspeth to Brooklyn has long been a pet cause of the Juniper Park Civic Association, but City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) has thrown her weight behind the issue.
Her office brought out U.S. Reps. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) and Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills), state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), state Assemblywoman Marge Markey (D-Ridgewood) and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) — all of whom called on the DOT to make the change.
“We appreciate Elizabeth Crowley taking the leadership on this, but frankly I’m surprised a couple of elected officials even dared show their face,” [Robert] Holden said, complaining that Weiner’s office did not respond when Holden sent the congressman a copy of a 2003 traffic study the civic conducted with the help of the group Transportation Alternatives. “They get their picture in the paper and then they disappear.”
From the Forum West (2 years ago):
[Maura] McCarthy, of the DOT, acknowledged that the project has been delayed, but said it is moving forward, with the help of $500,000 provided by Congressman Anthony Weiner. “I guess it’s going to sound like I’m making excuses, and maybe I am, but it has taken a very long time,” she said. “I know it’s not as quick as you would like, but we are moving forward.”
Weiner is the one who got the money for the study, which only costs $150,000. While he's not my favorite politician, he did respond. There'll still be $350,000 left after the study is done to fix the problem. DOT needs to fix the problem IN BOTH DIRECTIONS, and not just implement the lame one-way plan they have up on their website right now. And that our electeds must insist that DOT be held accountable for.
The majority of the blame here belongs to DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. And what exactly did Transportation Alternatives do in all these years to follow up with this project? If this were a bike lane proposal, it would have been one of their top priorities. Trucks and their resultant noise and pollution in outer borough blue collar neighborhoods are not so much a concern for them.