7pm : NYSDOT’s Peter King intros.
Asks public to hold comments to end – let Stakeholder Advisory Committee ask questions as things go along.
Saying it’s still a process and we “don’t haves project yet.”
Adds that the BQE is old but healthy and “unlike me” it can be rejuvenated.
King is confident that “at the end of the day, we can have a project that everybody can live with.”
7:15pm No “go” project until 2018.
King – ” this is a work in progress… Understand that especially regarding some of the more exotic alignments.”
7:20: Going through illustrations. We’ll post later!
CS1 – stays away from historic districts; could result in extending the Promenade.
R1- fixes BQE on current alignment. Impact during construction. No other impact — Joe Izzo says this is a “viable” option at this time.
T1 – Tunnel!! BQE stays open during construction. Existing BQE could add bikepath among other things .
T2 – another tunnel!! Follows existing BQE.
T3 – Outboard tunnel!! Into the river! Existig BQE would need to close for construction.
DS1- this is the one where they destroy the North Heights. “questionable viabilty”. (you think?)
DS2- fully compliant with standards as is DS1.
7:35: Peter King —
Criteria for designs:
Reduce diversion of traffic
King says – “by the tenents of criteria number four” DS1 and DS2 not happening. “this (plan) goes no place.”
NO DESTRUCTION of North Heights!!
7:43- Jim Brown in the house!
7:48 – Doug Adams lays down some transit options — variable pricing anyone? HOV lanes?
This is all brainstorming, please don’t freak out.
Ok, now that our homes aren’t going to be destroyed I’m thinking about Great Wall. Mmmmm.
There really needs to be a little show biz in these presentations guys.
We’ll have doc scans up later.
8:04 – Question time!
Lots of yack about next meedting. Nabeguy and TK are gone…. We’re outty!
But wait…. There’s debate about inviting the media! As in don’t! Now that’s transparency!
Judy Stanton says let that media in! You go girl!
Gotta say this King guy seems sane… Take that newspaper fear mongers!!
The public really wants to ask questions but the SAC still yacking!
DOT – takes 2 weeks to get info online. That’s Latin for more PR disasters to come.
Guy from ABA(?) wants elected and press here.
Sure, soon is the response.
Ok now I’m really out of here — phrase “dog parents” just used with no irony.