Transit Issues

July, 2017

Hell below earth: LIRR riders will swarm Atlantic Terminal’s subways during summer track work

Downtown: Hey Brooklynites, remember what mom said about sharing? Comments (4)

June, 2017

Service changes coming to 2 and 3 trains

Transit: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is cutting weekend and early Monday morning service on 2 and 3 trains between Brooklyn and Manhattan beginning the evening of June 16 through next spring, according to the transit agency. Comments (1)

Immersive reporting: Our reporter takes the ferry to work

Bay Ridge: Call it a ferry-tale commute. Comments (5)

Ferry vs. Subway: Tale of the tape

Bay Ridge: How does the new Southern Brooklyn ferry line stack up against the R line? Comments (1)

Pump the gas! Officials demand legislation to accelerate BQE repairs

Fixing the BQE: Call it a fury road. Comments (15)

May, 2017

Community group votes to co-name BK Heights street after female B’Bridge mastermind

Brooklyn Heights: Don’t call it a “miss”-nomer! Comments (3)

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In the nick of ‘Times’! Community endorses city plan to improve nightmare intersection at Fourth, Flatbush, and Atlantic

Mean Streets: The “Times” they are a changin’! Comments (18)

Fifth time’s a charm! City plan for Dumbo Jay Street bike lane finally okayed

Mean Streets: They’ve changed lanes … again! Comments (21)

Closing for repairs! Prospect Avenue station shuttering for six-month renovation project

Transit: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will close the R line’s Prospect Avenue subway station for six months of renovations, beginning June 5. Comments (2)

R-evolting! Southern Brooklynites to lose overnight cleaners at nine ‘toilet-like’ R stops

Bay Ridge: Don’t call it a clean sweep. Comments (17)

Power outage at Dekalb Avenue snarls Southern Brooklyn trains

Transit: A power outage at the DeKalb Avenue station stalled trains across the borough and stranded Southern Brooklyn straphangers during the Tuesday morning rush. It was an absolute mess that wasn’t helped by the transit authority’s confused —and confusing — resposne, said one incensed commuter. Comments (6)

Tour de Brooklyn: Five Boro Bike Tour will close roads throughout the borough Sunday

Transit: A parade of more than 32,000 cyclists will snake thier way through Brooklyn for the 40th-annual Five Boro Bike Tour, and motorists should expect road closures between 9 am–3:15 pm on Sunday. Comments (1)

New Kosciuzsko span opens with razzle dazzle!

Transit: Brooklyn celebrated the grand opening of the first of two spans that will replace the aging Kosciuszko Bridge on Thursday night with a dazzling lightshow before traffic was allowed onto the first new bridge to grace the city’s skyline since the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge connected Kings County to the Rock in 1964. Comments (6)

April, 2017

Street surfing: Internet-equipped buses hit Brooklyn streets

Transit: Talk about high-speed internet! Comments (6)

Police: Guy pulled out junk at York Street station

DUMBO: Police are searching for a guy who they say pulled out his junk and kept it there for all to see in the York Street subway station on March 7. Comments (4)

Into the Sunset! Southern Brooklyn residents to get new ferry to Manhattan on May 1

Sunset Park: All you need is about 15 minutes, $2.75, and a dream. Comments (9)

March, 2017

Five for fighting! Activists: Felder’s Ocean Parkway speed-limit hike will kill people

Mean Streets: They feel the need — the need to regulate speed. Comments (59)

Tree-son! New Jay St. planters moved to bus lane, illegal parking resumes

Mean Streets: It is a trans-plant! Comments (34)

Flower power! City uses planters to stop illegal parking on Jay Street

Mean Streets: Trees a crowd! Comments (22)

Sunset Parkers worry 7th Ave. bike lane will bring Park Slope yuppies

Mean Streets: It is a slippery slope from the Slope! Comments (50)

Flub-way! Sunset Parkers steamed about lack of fliers, shuttles for 53rd St. station closure

Sunset Park: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority blindsided Sunset Parker straphangers by offering negligible notice of the 53rd Street station’s impending six-month closure, say locals. Comments (11)

Finally! Fourth Avenue to get protected bike lanes

Mean Streets: The city aims to install two protected bike lanes along four miles of Fourth Avenue from Boerum Hill to Bay Ridge. Comments (52)
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Vox pop: Are you on board with DeBlasio’s booze cruise?

Vox Pop: Mayor DeBlasio’s new city-wide ferry service will serve booze on board — but do Brooklyn’s seafaring straphangers want to commute to work in a floating bar? We asked them: Comments (6)

Wishy washy: Ferry system adds Navy Yard stop — but still has no start date

Fort Greene: There’s another stop, but still no start. Comments (4)

A streetcar named our ire! Friends of BQX trolley say Heights Association derailed them!

Brooklyn Heights: They got railroaded! Comments (16)

Train-wrecked! Transit pundits pan streetcar at Heights panel

Brooklyn Heights: It is not too late to switch tracks! Comments (13)

February, 2017

City backpedals on Jay St. protected bike-lane plan

Mean Streets: This is going to be an uphill battle. Comments (21)

City wants to extend Fulton Street bus lane

Mean Streets: Fulton Street bus riders may finally get to experience life in the fast lane! Comments (10)

Bensonhurster starts Ridge-to-Manhattan bus service

Transit: He’s a modern-day Ralph Kramden. Comments (15)

Radars of the lost park: Activists tracking car speeds in Prospect

Mean Streets: They feel the need — the need to monitor speed! Comments (32)

For whom the bridge tolls: Brooklynites demand two-way fee on VZ — to keep New Jersey out

Park Slope: They want to build a wall — and make New Jersey pay for it! Comments (13)

January, 2017

Rubber sold! Locals wheely excited about new pedestrian island made from old truck tires

Prospect Heights: This is where the rubber meets the road! Comments (4)

Emergency swervice! FDNY ambulances block sidewalks, bus stops, and fire hydrants

Sunset Park: Scofflaw Fire Department ambulance drivers are parking on sidewalks, in bus lanes, and, ironically, in front of fire hydrants, locals say. Comments (38)

MT-spray! Gross water is flowing out of 7th Ave. station walls

Prospect Heights: It is gush hour at the Seventh Avenue subway stop! Comments (2)

Their word is Bond: Panel OKs traffic-reversal, bike lane on Downtown street

Mean Streets: It’s the missing link! Comments (23)

Boerum Hill panel approves legalizing ‘Amity Street Wiggle’ for cyclists

Mean Streets: Cyclists in Cobble Hill could soon have a little more wiggle room. Comments (10)

Express N tunnel will shut for one year of emergency repairs

Sunset Park: The tunnel is in danger of “caving in,” according to Community Board 7 members briefed by transit officials. Comments (6)

Why no wifi? Tech upgrades at three subway stations are slowing wireless rollout

Transit: Three Brooklyn subway stations are still without wifi internet — despite Gov. Cuomo’s announcement that riders would be able to connect anywhere in the system starting on Jan. 9. Comments (7)

TONIGHT: Weigh in on plan to reverse traffic for a block of Bond Street

Mean Streets: Hear all about it at Community Board 2. Comments (5)

Straphangers F-reak out over rush-hour trains skipping express stops

Carroll Gardens: They say it is causing dangerous overcrowding at skipped stops — and is offering an unwelcome preview of a permanent F express service. Comments (13)

Sale boat! Ikea Water Taxi will continue after tour company buys business

Red Hook: Talk about bailing out a boat! Comment

Planned MTA elevator will cause car wrecks, panel says

Bay Ridge: They want to take this proposal down. Comments (18)

Shuttle scuttle: Riders demand extra buses during three subway stations’ closure

Bay Ridge: But transit honchos say they aren’t needed. Comments (10)

Seven Brooklyn subway platforms closing for weekend

Transit: Get home before 11:45 pm tonight or your station may turn into a pumpkin. Comments (1)

Rail-splitter! Red Hook Houses leaders divided on streetcar

Red Hook: It is East versus West. Comments (12)

Turn for the worse: Drivers ignoring Ocean Parkway ‘safety’ changes

Midwood: Gov. Cuomo’s “safety improvements” to Ocean Parkway are causing more harm than good, residents and pols say. Comments (16)

Watch this space: City may reserve Park Slope parking spots for car-rentals

Mean Streets: The city plans to reserve hundreds of on-street parking spots for car-rental services such as Zipcar and Car2go for two years— and some of them could be in the Slope. Comments (25)

W-w-what!? W trains mysteriously appearing in Brooklyn

Bay Ridge: The Manhattan-to-Queens revenant has been moonlighting as an R train. Comments (12)

Seven Brooklyn subway platforms closing for weekend

Transit: Get home before 11:45 pm tonight or your station may turn into a pumpkin. Comments (11)

More than 100 injured in train derailment at Atlantic Terminal

Prospect Heights: A train derailed at Atlantic Terminal on Wednesday morning, sending straphangers flying and injuring 104, according to authorities. Comments (3)

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