Transit Issues

December, 2015


Con-dis-cord Street: New Manhattan Bridge exit plagues residential road

Mean Streets: Things have taken a turn for the worse. Comments (4)

Pedestrian in critical condition after Flatbush Ave crash

Downtown: A woman is fighting for her life after a driver plowed into her on Flatbush Avenue Extension on Wednesday, authorities said. Comments (20)
Mean Streets: What do Idahoans think of their namesake bike law? We called them to find out! Comments (18)
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POLL: Should cyclists be allowed to ride through red lights?

Mean Streets: A Brooklyn councilman wants to change the road rules so cyclists can roll through red lights and stop lights — also known as the “Idaho stop.” Comments (28)

November, 2015

Mean Streets: A Williamsburg pol’s proposal to allow cyclists to ride through red lights and stop signs so long as the coast is clear would bring the city’s laws into sync with the way many pedal-pushers say they already roll. Comments (65)

Rise of the machine! Truck helps truck as crane lifts fallen cement mixer


Rise of the machine! Truck helps truck as crane lifts fallen cement mixer

Mean Streets: Talk about a concrete solution! Comments (3)

October, 2015

Transit: The blue bike-rental program wants to roll out these new docks in Red Hook, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Gowanus, and Park Slope starting next spring. Comments (16)
Transit: Ferry good news! Comments (2)
Mean Streets: The wheels are in motion! Comments (19)

Up-route: Slopers want to bring the B71 bus back to life

Park Slope: Call it a zom-bus! Comments (19)
Mean Streets: This project has a green light — and a red and yellow one, too! Comments (1)

September, 2015

Brooklyn Heights: Ferries between the two shores will come twice as often on holidays and festivals — and seafaring straphangers will get a preview of the expanded service this Sunday. Comments (5)

MTA: Wall collapse caused G train derailment

Downtown: Thursday’s G-saster was the result of the train ramming into a buckling wall, the transit authority says. Comments (4)

OM–G! Brooklyn Local derails Downtown

Downtown: They were going off the rails on a crazed G train! Comments (6)

Shore it up! Board tells city to find new Hook ferry stop

Red Hook: They’re applying some pier pressure. Comments (6)

City denies claims it will finish Pulaski bike lanes by end of year

Mean Streets: The Department of Transportation is backpedaling after Assemblyman Joe Lentol announced it will likely finish the lanes before winter. Comments (3)

August, 2015

Airy-ferry: Red Hookers say city’s planned ferry stop is impractical

Red Hook: They’re looking for a sea change. Comments (13)

Blind man hit by G train

Kensington: He fell onto the tracks at a Kensington subway station on Wednesday afternoon. Comments (6)
Greenpoint: Coney Island has amusement parks, Brooklyn Heights has the Promenade, and now Greenpoint has Citi Bike. Comments (11)

Spinning its wheels: City delays new Pulaski Bridge bike lane — again

Mean Streets: It is a trip down memory lane. Comments (30)

Humpty dump! WT residents slam traffic-slowing plan

Mean Streets: They are not love-drunk on those humps. Comments (15)

June, 2015

Car quash! Vehicles banned from half of Prospect Park

Mean Streets: Baby you can’t drive your car. Comments (29)

May, 2015

Uber offering $2.75 W’burg-to-Manhattan rides while L train is closed

Williamsburg: It is the Uber-mensch! Comments (2)

April, 2015

Slope’s top cop: Bicycle tickets were for illegal headphone use

Mean Streets: The 151 tickets that officers from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct issued to cyclists for cellphone use in 2014 — an activity that is not illegal — were actually issued for the illegal action of wearing headphones while riding, according to the area’s top cop. Comments (22)

In Park Slope, police crack down on phone use while riding a bicycle. The problem? It isn’t illegal

Mean Streets: It may be dumb to talk on your phone as you pedal, but it isn’t illegal. Apparently, police haven’t gotten the memo. Comments (36)
Transit: It is also making transfers between the G at Broadway and J or M trains at Lorimer free while the L train is closed overnight and on weekends. Comments (1)

Ninth Street bridge to close nightly through October

Gowanus: Do not pass Go-wanus. Comment
Williamsburg: Call it a token gesture. Comments (12)
Red Hook: Face it. Kids can’t swim across the Buttermilk Channel. It is too dangerous. Comments (7)

March, 2015

Construction to begin on long-awaited Pulaski Bridge bike lane

Mean Streets: It will protect and serve — bicyclists traveling from Queens to Greenpoint. Comments (6)

Businesses rail against weekend L train closure

Williamsburg: They are raising L. Comments (26)

Buffer solution: City plans protected bike lane on Greenpoint Avenue Bridge

Mean Streets: They’re peddling a safer way to pedal. Comments (12)
Greenpoint: The city and the company that runs a ferry out of Greenpoint never inspected the soundness of the dock, even after it partially collapsed into the East River last winter, documents obtained by The Brooklyn Paper show. Comments (9)

February, 2015

Park Slope: A man survived a brush with death on Thursday morning after falling onto the train tracks at the Union Street stop on the R line in Park Slope, according to a transit spokeswoman. Comments (1)
Transit: A plan to put tolls on all bridges and tunnels and drop existing ones could help ease Brooklyn traffic, a respected traffic guru said this week. Comments (29)
Mean Streets: Drivers have more reason than ever to look both ways before making a turn. Comments (17)

Islands in the stream: City moves to add sidewalks to scary Dumbo streets

Mean Streets: Dumbo’s most pedestrian-hostile streets are finally getting sidewalks. Comments (1)
Transit: New ferry service is tying up in Brooklyn. Comments (24)

January, 2015

Cuomo defends subway closure as blizzard misses Brooklyn

Transit: On Tuesday morning Gov. Andrew Cuomo defended his decision to suspend subway service overnight on Monday, in the wake of revelations that the trains ran empty all night, and charges that the move ran against common sense. Comments (4)
Transit: Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s move to shut off the city’s subway system overnight ahead of an anticipated blizzard came as a surprise to transit workers and runs against common sense, because the trains need to move as part of keeping the tracks clear and will be running all night anyway, according to a transit insider. Comments (31)

Dangerous Atlantic intersection to get overhaul

Mean Streets: City says the busy three-way intersection between Prospect Heights and Clinton Hill will be safer for pedestrians once the work is completed. Comments (12)

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