Take the train to the game — and then inside

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Some day, a train ticket may not only take you to a Brooklyn Nets game, but get you inside, too.

Developer Forest City Ratner told the Post last week that it is working with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to devise a MetroCard that can be swiped for entry into the $1-billion Barclays Center arena, or a game-day ticket that can be used to enter the subway system.

The goal is to cut down on car traffic that critics fear will overwhelm the residential neighborhood near the rising arena at Flatbush Avenue and Dean Street.

MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said the plan offers “intriguing possibilit­ies” similar to those that the agency already offers Mets fans discounted tickets if they ride the No. 7 train or the Long Island Rail Road to a game. That program does not involve specially encoded tickets, and no such discount is available for fans traveling to Madison Square Garden.

It has not been yet been determined if the MetroCard will be free to ticket holders, or prepaid.

Atlantic Yards critics threw their support behind the ticket deal.

“Forest City should honor its commitment to make a project that is transit-oriented, as opposed to a massive parking lot in the community,” said Councilwoman Letitia James (D–Fort Greene). “I don’t think it’s too early to talk about it — we need to begin discussions now. The façade of the arena is almost completed.”

The specialty card/ticket had been discussed as far back as 2005, but its development was shelved as a $4.9-billion Atlantic Yards mega-development lagged because of opposition lawsuits, and the Great Recession.

Updated 5:24 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

judahspechal from bed-stuy says:
Ms. James this is exactly why I have little respect for you. It's the lack of leadership for the less fortunate in your District.

Here's my case:
You opposed AY development for your many stated reasons.

I supported AY for it's community benefit agreement. I expected jobs for the immediate communities. Affordable housing.

Now I've read a report on the AYReport website:
That less than 100 people from the surrounding communities are employed at the site. Affordable Housing?? Where's your statements?

I guess AY can employ but soo many flag-persons & Security guards. Where's your voice for the less fortunate? Many of whom find it hard to buy a metro-card much-less afford arena tickets.

Yet you are stating that a project you oppose should be a transit arena or whatever. I agree with you on that. When do you speak about the jobs for your communities @ AY?
I know history showed that you may aid in the high rise developments in the area but you haven't fought for locals employment @ theses sites. Y?

AY is different given the amount of taxs $$ Ratner was walking away with as you & your co-horts stated during the protests. Remember?
So get the transit thing worked out. I look forward to you hold Ratner to his CBA.

How about you hold Forrest City Ratner's feet to the fire for their lack of jobs for the people who needs it? Aren't you suppose to look out for the interest of all in your District?

This played out like it always does.

The loudest spoke got the grease (DDDB $3million payout)
The Developer got his.
The Politicians picks who they fight for & it's never the little people.

I look forward to seeing you at the games. We can share a brew or two. I'm all about the beers.

We can raise a pint to the ugly non-Gehry arena.

PS. Thank you DDDB. You've serviced Ratner well. Back then the talk was Ratner was buy those Church leaders. Maybe he was, but you can't argue on the return he's gotten for the $3 mill DDDB pay-off.

May 23, 2011, 10 am
Scott from PLG says:
There should be a Subway entrance/exit directly from the new Arena... while there at it they should put an entrance on the small plaza at the south side of Atlantic Center too.
May 23, 2011, 1:53 pm
Myrtle Willoughby from Fort Greene says:
The technology has long existed to "beam" people into the stadium from the subway station -- or even from central locations in Manhattan, Queens, other parts of Brooklyn, as well as Long Island and New Jersey (for the diehard Garden State Nets fans). These "beam stations" would eliminate lots of traffic and bring people directly into the stadium. Back in the 1970s Mayor Beame met with the "Star Trek" producers to show that this was feasible then, and it is feasible now. The auto companies and oil companies put the kibosh on it, just like they destroyed the Los Angeles trolley system, as anyone who saw "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" knows.

Is Mayor Bloomberg man enough and billionaire enough to finally put a pilot project of this technology into use at Atlantic Yards? If so, it will bring more people to the stadium than could ever be imagined, with little or no stress on traffic or infrastructure. I can't wait for this happen, to see Marty Markowitz say at the ceremonial opening, "Beam me up!" and then be at center court! What a day that will be for Brooklyn!
May 23, 2011, 3:20 pm
judahspechal from bed-stuy says:
I'm with that. Can we hook up a station @ Fulton & Nostrand?
May 23, 2011, 5:47 pm
Johnny from Crown Heights says:
judahspechal , do you know how to say moron in Yiddish? just wondering.
May 23, 2011, 8:09 pm
tupelo35 from windsor terrace says:
a ratner transit card?. it wouldn't be the first thing his name has been attached to that's been swiped.
May 23, 2011, 9:33 pm
Steve Nitwitt from Sheepshead Bay says:
Norm, wants his Net-ro Card baby!
May 23, 2011, 9:38 pm
judahspechal from bed-stuy says:
Yes I do! But I won't refer to you as such. I never met you.
May 24, 2011, 10:34 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I cannot believe how gullibe some of you are to this, especially you, judahspechal. Do you seriously think that Ratner will keep all of these promises he made? I think not. Tell me why Oder is wrong especially when he has done his research on that. If not, you are just another one of those drinking the kool-aid. I see more of a chance of seeing the Mets winning another World Series before Ratner will give people like you a good job there. In reality, he is just using your kind just to help him push it forward. BTW, the payment that Goldstien got, was a small fraction of what Ratner's CEOs make. Most of those who support Ratner are usually paid or given donations by his companies otherwise they would never support them. I am glad that Tish James saw through it. I take it you never saw the UNITY Plan, which made more promises than what Ratner would give, and Gary Barnett of Extell Developement agreed to it, but couldn't even get the site despite offering triple what Ratner bidded for. He said similar things with MTC and lied there. What makes anyone think that he is being honest now when he wasn't in the past? If he wasn't for you then, he is not there for you now.
May 24, 2011, 6:36 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
As for the transit, there was always the idea of having direct access to the arena without ever touching the neighborhood. However, I think that despite all this transit, people will still drive to games as they do today. I try to make sure that whenever I use the Major Deegan Expwy, it's not just after a Yankees game, because it can be gridlocked, and this is despite the fact that there is available transit. The same thing can go for the highways around where the Mets play. This arena is not even built near a highway as many of the others are. The reason that was done was because of the complaints of traffic spreading across numerous neighborhoods, so this would make sure that it would remain residual to just them. Also, I find it a bad idea to even thinking about placing a sports facility by the borough's most busiest intersection, which was the same reason why the stadium for the Dodgers wasn't built there. If it's bad now, just wait what it will be like once it's there with traffic going from all ends of the borough in gridlock. While it's good to have a sports facility that is accessible by mass transit, there is also an easy on and off from highways as well.
May 24, 2011, 6:46 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
One more thing, because I wouldn't have been able to fit this all in one post. I recomend all of you to see the film, The Battle for Brooklyn, when it shows next month. If you don't want to pay to see it at places at the Brooklyn Film Festival, there are some free showings for it. I have already made my RSVP for seeing this, so maybe I can expect you to be there. Overall, don't see the movie, then you can't judge, and you will just be like those sexists who think you know WNBA better when you have probably never seen a game in your life.
May 24, 2011, 6:55 pm
judahspechal from bedstuy says:
Tal Barzilai do you the short version of my post to understand.

Use your brainpower and read again Tal Barzilai
May 25, 2011, 12:23 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I have actually debunked a lot of what you said by reading it, judahspechal. Unlike you, I have actually been to a number of events based on this very developement, and not once do I ever see you there. Ratner is nothing but a lying cheat, but you are too gullible to see that. Just because there are those who oppose it, doesn't mean that they are against others getting jobs, affordable housing, or even just having the rail yards getting developed. If you actually talked to them as I did, you will see that they do support these things, but feel that Ratner isn't the one to be trusted. Those most likely to get the jobs will either be relocated employees who are working at Nets games right now or from Chineese working by that shady EB-5 program before any of it goes to locals. Please explain why does this project need to be funded by taxpayer dollars and be allowed to use eminent domain when it's clearly a private project to begin with? If this was being built in your neighborhood and/or on your property, would be supporting then? Try walking in their shoes before making such claims.
May 25, 2011, 5:28 pm
Mr. Ratner from Unpleasantville says:
Hey Tal, I'm buying a WNBA team, so you can stop complaining now, you whining Knicks fan.
May 25, 2011, 5:58 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Nice try judaspechal, I know that's you right there, and I am not fooled, plus I am not a fan of the Knicks, I prefer the Nets as long as they are still a NJ team.
May 25, 2011, 9:34 pm
Judahspechal from bedstuy says:
Tal Barzilai how do you know., I've never met you. Also my friend my name is Judah Spechal, say it like it's honey on your tongue homeboy. I believe in what I say or write on any blog. I never hide. Never used another name, never will.
I fear no one. You live & die once. I hold my words & opinions from no one.

I do not need to disparage anyone to make my point.

I care about my child, family, friends, neighbors, Community, City, State, & Country in that order.

I care not what opinion any individual has of me so my brother I have no reason to hide when I POST something on the web.

May 26, 2011, 10:35 am
Judahspechal from bedstuy says:
Finally my BROTHER. The irony of it all. Most who opposed the arena have moved on.

Know what they are now worried about.
Keeping the unwelcomed(?) out of their little village of Propect Height/Park Slope, my limiting bar & restuarant hours.

Know what some who supported the arena are still hoping for jobs, & affordable housing.

May 26, 2011, 10:44 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
They are still fighting this. Even Tish James still doesn't find the project wrong. Goldstien has attended many other events on this despite no longer giving there. Meanwhile, Oder continues to talk about it over on his blogs. If they really gave up then websitest such as the Atlantic Yards Report and No Land Grab would no longer be available, but they still are and continue to give updates. Those who support this were just fed nothing but koolaid and humble, and those jobs and affordable housing that they were claiming will most likely never go to them. On a side note, I am not afraid to continue my stance and threats don't work at me. It comes from an old saying, "Threats don't work on the Israelis."
May 26, 2011, 7:42 pm

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