Transit Issues

December, 2013

Williamsburg: Big wheel keep on turning. Comments (1)

New dedicated-lane bus lowers commute times, raises commuter hackles

Transit: The new bus service that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority promised would speed up commutes along Nostrand Avenue knocked 25 minutes off a trip down the route — and the service is not even fully operational yet. Comments (7)

November, 2013

Boro’s first dedicated-lane bus is running a little behind

Transit: Brooklyn’s new B44 Select Bus Service that is expected to cut travel times for commuters by up to 20 percent was unveiled this week — but it has not quite arrived yet. Comments (4)

Brooklyn’s first dedicated-lane bus hits the road

Transit: Straphangers rejoice! The new B44 Select Bus Service line will shuttle passengers between Williamsburg and Sheepshead Bay at supposedly unprecedented speeds starting tomorrow. Comments (7)

September, 2013

Heads up! Smith-Ninth subway station scaffolding falls onto dump truck, backing up train and car traffic

Carroll Gardens: Stand clear of the falling floors, please. Comments (3)

August, 2013

Mean Streets: Shop owners who expected to cash in on the CitiBike bikeshare program by stocking up on safety gear are disappointed to discover the dilettante cyclists don’t care about helmets. Comments (49)

Friendly R-eminder — MTA to cut train service to Manhattan Aug. 2

Bay Ridge: Starting on Aug. 2, the Metropolitan Transit Authority will cut off R train service between Bay Ridge and Manhattan for more than a year to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy. But short-term relief is in store for Aug. 5, with a one-month trial of ferry service from 58th Street in Sunset Park. Comments (17)

July, 2013

G, that’s great! Brooklyn Local to get faster

Save the G: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Monday that it has come up with the $700,000 needed to increase G train service on weekday afternoons and evenings. Comments (2)
Save the G: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority finished its review of the G train and agreed to make many changes, but it still needs money to increase service. Comments (19)

Democracy at work! Park Slopers approve Fourth Avenue slow-down plan

Mean Streets: Community Board 6 approved of a traffic-slowing plan that reduces car lanes in both directions from three to two to make room for wider parking spaces and fatter pedestrian islands — after the city made some minor changes to it. Comments (33)

Tunnel vision: R, G train riders want more from MTA

Brooklyn Is Angry: Gee, are you kidding? Comments (5)

June, 2013

Bay Ridge: The Department of Transportation has agreed to repave the block between Ridge Boulevard and Third Avenue where a sinkhole opened last June. Comments (1)

Ridge board committee hints it wants to slow down Fourth Avenue cars

Mean Streets: Community Board 10’s traffic panel voted to approve the majority of the city’s proposal for massive changes to Fourth Avenue in the neighborhood. Comments (10)

Anchors away! Business group pushing ferry from Manhattan to Coney

Transit: Coney Island could get a new kind of water ride if a business group gets its way - a ferry service to bring people from Lower Manhattan to the Playground of the World. Comments (5)

Victims cry: Slow down Fourth!

Mean Streets: Victims of deadly Fourth Avenue’s raceway-like atmosphere showed up in force on Wednesday night to convince car-friendly members of Community Board 10 that they should approve a plan aimed at significantly slowing down traffic on the dangerous boulevard. Comments (17)
Brooklyn Is Angry: The R train’s link to Manhattan will be out of service for more than a year, and the G’s link to Queens will be closed for 12 weekends between July 6 and Dec. 15. Comments (22)
Red Hook: Bob Diamond’s quixotic two-decade-long quest to connect transit-strapped Red Hook to Downtown by trolley is really going to happen this time, according to the trolley-backing legend himself. Comments (74)

May, 2013

‘Working out’ the G train kinks

Save the G: Riders of the historically erratic G-train say they are using its predictable unpredictability to get themselves in shape — or at least they are joking about it in a new internet video. Comments (18)

‘CitiBike’ rolls out, and Brooklyn Heights continues its fight

Brooklyn Heights: The bikes are just being rolled out today, and Brooklyn Heights condo owners have already declared the CitiBike program a disaster. Comments (34)
Mean Streets: Residents across Southern Brooklyn are breathing a collective sigh of relief that they’re being spared the wrath of CitiBike. Comments (67)
Mean Streets: The city want to turn one of Brooklyn’s most car-friendly strips into a pedestrian paradise. Comments (37)
Red Hook: An additional stop at Van Brunt Street is being added to the Ikea ferry on Saturdays and Sundays Comments (3)

April, 2013

Wheels in motion: MTA plans two new bus routes for W’burg

Williamsburg: Two new bus lines will make it easier to get around Williamsburg, according to planners — but some neighbors fear the new routes do exactly the opposite. Comments (9)

March, 2013

Carroll Bridge will close for repairs

Gowanus: The city will shut down the historic Carroll Street Bridge to all traffic for at least four months for critical repairs, Community Board 6 announced Monday. Comments (2)
Transit: The long-shuttered Smith–Ninth Street subway station will finally open next month after transit-starved Red Hook straphangers waited nearly two years for major renovation work to come to an end. Comments (5)
Transit: The much-demanded F express is now part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s train of thought. Comments (71)

February, 2013

Oh G! MTA to study ‘Brooklyn Local’

Transit: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will conduct a comprehensive review of the G train, raising hopes that improvements to the maligned line won’t be far behind. Comments (8)
Williamsburg: Call it the hipster rush hour. Comments (64)

January, 2013

G-lightful! MTA to consider service improvements for Brooklyn Local

Save the G: It’s official: Transit bigwigs have finally noticed that the G train is awesome — and that it needs to be awesomer. Comments (15)

Trains on the brain

Trains on the brain

Brooklyn Heights: Could you name the world’s highest subway station? Do you know the shape cut out of the last New York subway tokens? Comments (1)

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