Group Warns That Congestion Is Increasing As Downtown Grows

As Downtown Brooklyn’s population continues to grow, a new report suggests that public transportation in the surrounding neighborhoods—including Brooklyn Heights—is falling behind as congestion mounts. On Tuesday, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Councilwoman Letitia James and three local civic groups released the “Brooklyn gateway transportation vision,” which argues for congestion pricing, residential parking permits, more bike lanes, bike-share stations and more rapid-bus service.

Website Capital quotes the report: “Existing traffic and parking congestion, demands on transit service and dangerous roads for cyclists and pedestrians already pose hurdles for residents, businesses and the environment. The opening of Barclays Center in September 2012 has further compounded these challenges. The lack of a comprehensive and satisfactory transportation demand management plan from the Department of Transportation and developer of Atlantic Yards” stands to further complicate the area’s potentially stifling congestion.

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  • Wiley E.

    Duh.

  • Nonresident

    Why not just title the report “I hate people with cars-especially if they do not live in the neighborhood”. My suggestion would be make Ratner build some parking garages for cars that exist in the neighborhood and for cars that need to be in the neighborhood. Downtown Brooklyn is more than just Barclays and people do work there and need to be able to bring a car.Just because there is great transportation at Barclays does not mean us guys travelling there have the same at our end. And $5.00 traveling fee ($2.50 per person each way gets expensive when families travel together). I myself will happily bike to Downtown Brooklyn events at night with my 3 children under the age of 10-I cannot see why others do not wish to do this. . I am equally happy to pay congestion pricing to get to work. I would even be just as happy for resident parking permits. Tell it like it is-if we do not live there in the most expensive neighborhood in Brooklyn, you do not want us there unless we are delivery boys on a bicycle

  • Mr. Crusty

    @nonresident “Tell it like it is-if we do not live there in the most expensive neighborhood in Brooklyn, you do not want us there unless we are delivery boys on a bicycle”

    Not true. Delivery girls are equally welcome.