Friday, October 2, 2015

New slow zones coming to Brooklyn Heights

Image credit:  NYC DOT

According to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, the NYC DOT plans to install 21 new speed humps around Brooklyn Heights.  The speed humps cause drivers to slow down up to 15% percent, depending on the vehicle's speed.  The slow zone will also have new upgraded signage with better visibility.

Brooklyn Heights was chosen along with 14 other neighborhoods to receive the new slow zones, Neighborhoods were chosen based on crash history, community support, and the location of schools/ senior centers/ day care centers.  


Thursday, September 17, 2015

NYC City Council aims to remove 200 dangerous parking spots from city streets

Photo credit: Joe Marino, NY Daily News

According to the Daily News, the New York City Council introduced a bill to remove up to eight parking spots on 25 dangerous crosswalks around the city, which would be around 200 spots total. Vision Zero initiatives have resulted in fewer parking spaces around the city, as well as those lost to the Citi Bike program. Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, chair of the transportation committee, says,"You improve the visibility for drivers and you also create better conditions for cyclists and pedestrians to cross in those intersections."

The bill would target dangerous intersections and ban parked cars within 15 feet of the crosswalks. Rodriguez cites the Broadway and Academy Street intersection, which was similarly changed for greater safety and resulted in fewer accidents.

However, AAA is speaking out against eliminating more parking spaces in the already crowded city. Spokesman Robert Sinclair suggested the DOT would be better off working on dangerous parts of MTA bus routes. such as restricting left turns, giving pedestrians more time to cross, and bigger curbs.  The DOT already has 18 safety projects for bus routes scheduled.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Traffic Advisory for Labor Day Weekend 2015

The NYC Traffic Advisory for this weekend is now available and can be accessed here:

There are many street closures this weekend due to various festivals around the city, so be sure to plan ahead!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Tesla charging stations coming to Manhattan

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

According to the New York Times, Tesla is bringing its high speed charging stations to Manhattan, The company plans to partner with about a dozen garages around the city to offer 240-volt chargers, which can charge their vehicles in approximately three hours.  Standard wall outlets can also charge the electric cars, but can take 2-3 days.  The garages will charge Tesla owners to use the chargers in addition to their normal parking fees.    

So far, ParkIt, Quik Park, iPark, Champion and Prime Parking Sytems have signed up to offer the Tesla chargers, as well as a small number of hotels, including the Waldorf Astoria.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Crosstown select bus service has arrived on 86th Street

A new M86 Select Bus Service began this week between the Upper East Side and Upper West Side. According to DNAinfo, the MTA is looking to make the new service 15-20% faster than the regular M86 by simplifying routes, making stops further apart, and having passengers purchase their tickets in advance from a kiosk.  There are eight MTA employees stationed at various stops to help explain the changes to riders and direct them to ticket kiosks and waiting areas.  

According to the MTA, the new buses also hold 100 people at a time, almost double the capacity of the current buses, and experience a 3-5 minute waiting time during rush hour.  This is the eight bus route to receive Select Service, with Mayor de Blasio's goal being 20 routes citywide.

Information on all of the city's Select Bus Service routes can be found on the MTA website.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

NYC is getting its first roundabout to help ease traffic

The NYC DOT announced this week via Instagram the city's very first roundabout, set to be completed in the coming weeks.  The changes will be made to Intervale Avenue and Dawson Street in the Bronx.  The city hopes the new traffic pattern, along with changes to the medians and parking spaces at the intersection, will improve safety and traffic flow.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Upgraded muni meters coming to NYC this July

According to the New York Post, drivers will be able to prepay for their muni meter parking up to one hour prior to the parking regulation going into effect.  The meter will only have to be paid for the time the vehicle is parked during those regulation hours.

All city muni meters will be changed by July.
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