Friday, May 27, 2016

Pols ask for some common sense

From the Queens Chronicle:

Three elected officials representing a large stretch of Woodhaven Boulevard have asked the Department of Transportation to go back to an alternative plan for its Select Bus Service proposal.

Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) and state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) in a May 2 letter urged DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg to utilize what is called Concept 1 for SBS from Rockaway Boulevard to Park Lane South.

The DOT originally proposed three concepts for SBS and last March announced it is going ahead with Concept 2, much to the chagrin of some residents who oppose the plan. Others, however, support it.

Concept 1 would have the dedicated bus lanes along the corridor be placed along the service road of Woodhaven Boulevard, rather than along revamped medians, as is being proposed by the agency.

The stretch of Woodhaven Boulevard from Park Lane South to Rockaway Boulevard will be the only part of the corridor that has the median lanes, which also will require commuters to wait in the middle of the road on redesigned bus stops.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Who would want their kids and the elderly to stand at a bus stop smack in the middle of a virtual expressway? Is the DOT nuts?!

Richard Iritano said...

What a sick joke, re: 'Pols ask for some common sense!'

Now, how could anyone take any single one of these corrupt, publicly bought fools seriously, when they have so completely betrayed all pretense of public trust, ethics and integrity---that they now DEVALUE all honesty itself---to pathologically treasonous, traitorous and ruinous effect?

And, if former/present, disgraced pols Sheldon Silver, Dean Skelos and demigod Andrew Cuomo were considered the 'Three Albany Kings,' then these three scourges of all politically failed thuggery are the court jesters of NYC and NYS government---and, now the new, official, Queens County gatekeepers to the 'FOURTH WORLD'---ironically (and tragically), a tainted-and-toxic borough that THEY THEMSELVES created (and continue to maintain), as they continue to betray flag, country and countrymen with impunity---and, the public be eternally duped, bilked, scammed and damned!

QUEENS COUNTY: SAME CIRCUS---SAME UNFUNNY CLOWNS!

Anonymous said...

The speed limit is 25 so there should be no problems with people standing on the median. 25 is so slow nothing can possibly happen.

Anonymous said...

Dead man's curve by the FDNY signal station has seen hundreds of accidents and dozens of fatalities over the decades.

Anonymous said...

invite the dot to stand out there right now at rush hour!

Anonymous said...

>Who would want their kids and the elderly to stand at a bus stop smack in the middle of a virtual expressway?

The whole idea is to slow traffic to a crawl so no one wants to drive. If someone gets hit while trying to get to the stop, it'll just be another excuse to lower the speed limits even further and ticket us all the more.

Anonymous said...

Dead man's curve by the FDNY signal station has seen hundreds of accidents and dozens of fatalities over the decades

Maybe that's the issue that should be addressed here.

Anonymous said...

This is new york city.....we aint giving up our cars. who cares,i'll be out of here in a couple oyears anyway......

Toby Sheppard Bloch said...

These types of bus stops are already being used in NYC, so I think a lot of the open ended fear mongering doesn't really have a basis in fact.

I hope DOT speeds up this project. Bus riders account for some 36% of Woodhaven users--DOT is proposing to allocate 25% of the roadway to busses. That seems like the epitome of common sense.

Toby Sheppard Bloch said...

Traffic and parking are crushing us in Central Queens. There are too many cars--every car driver knows this in their heart.

We can't create any more parking or moving lanes. In the short and medium term, the only way out of this situation is to build alternative transportation networks like SBS and bike lanes.

This isn't about punishing drivers or 'making' driving less attractive. It's already difficult, congested and unpleasant.

Anonymous said...

make it so effin miserable for car drivers that they. Move away
Problem is that they are the ones that work,pay taxes & foot the bill
We will become the comrade's communist utopia
Just like Venezuela

Anonymous said...

SBS doesn't take people out of cars. It takes them off the subways and local buses. Ride down Nostrand Ave and tell me there are fewer cars now than 4 years ago. There most certainly aren't.

Anonymous said...

You know how people run for the bus now? Wait until they have to run across 3 lanes of traffic to do it.

Anonymous said...

"These types of bus stops are already being used in NYC"

Where is there another 12 lane highway with SBS running in the middle of it?

Toby Sheppard Bloch said...

Woodhaven isn't 12 lanes, a highway, and SBS won't be in the middle.

But Fordham Road and Kings Highway have similar configurations.

Anonymous said...

Woodhaven Blvd is most certainly 12 lanes wide and the photo above shows where the SBS will be, which is in the middle of it and not along the sides. It's also considered to be the north-south answer to Queens Blvd, which most certainly was built as a highway, which is why the center lanes dip below grade in some areas.