Thursday, August 16, 2012
Emergency lane for Queens Blvd?
From the NY Post:
City Councilman Peter Vallone (D-Queens) is calling on the Department of Transportation to create an emergency-services lane along the entire length of Queens Boulevard, once dubbed “Boulevard of Death” for its high rate of pedestrian fatalities.
Vallone — chair of the Council’s Public Safety Committee and a potential candidate for Queens borough president next year — wants one lane in each direction of the boulevard marked “Emergency Lane,” so motorists know to get out of the way for flashing lights and sirens.
“In Manhattan they have these lanes and when you hear sirens you know exactly what lane to leave open, but as you sit on Queens Boulevard, where the traffic is just as bad, motorists have no idea what lane to leave empty,” Vallone said.
“I spoke to one ambulance corps who said an emergency lane would cut their response times and I’m not sure why the city thinks emergencies only occur in Manhattan and not in the outer boroughs.”
The councilman sent the DOT a letter last week requesting the lane markings.