We’ll by no means paint the city purple at this charge.
New York Metropolis Transit head honcho Sarah Feinberg stated that she agrees with DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg’s assessment this week that the town’s system for constructing bus lanes strikes too slowly to be efficient.
“We’re in a second the place we ought to be breaking some china, and so I agree with Polly that the method isn’t ultimate,” Feinberg stated at a press convention on Wednesday. “Look, there are all types of extraordinarily bureaucratic processes arrange inside our businesses, on the state stage and the town stage and people need to struggle via these on a regular basis. A few of them make great quantity of sense and it’s vital to undergo them and a few of them when you’re in the course of them you understand they’re in all probability pointless, significantly in a second of disaster. So I agree with Polly.”
Feinberg’s help for the DOT chief got here in the future after Trottenberg informed Metropolis Council Member Andrew Cohen that the present manner of doing issues wasn’t working, placing a capper on seven years of de Blasio administration transportation coverage that permits for issues like DOT officers to nervously promise they aren’t taking any parking spots from Bay Ridge neighborhood boards.
The uncommon second of comity between metropolis and MTA thought comes because the de Blasio administration has recently come under fire for failing to fulfill its personal bus lane objectives for 2020, objectives that had been a lot smaller than the MTA sought. In June, Feinberg asked the city for 60 miles of bus lanes and busways for Part One of many post-lockdown period. Town later countered with 20 miles, however that smaller objective additionally received’t be achieved in 2020. Final Friday, the mayor admitted that the full mileage of bus lanes put in in 2020 can be nearer to 17 miles, with 9.1 miles constructed to this point.
Of the promised bus lane and busway mileage, neighborhood opposition has sunk or impacted three tasks. In Staten Island, the 6.6-mile bus lane on Hylan Boulevard turned 4.7 miles as an alternative. In Midtown Manhattan, luxurious retailers were able to get a travel lane added back to a plan to place a 1.1-mile busway on Fifth Avenue. A busway in Jamaica has gone again to the drafting board after local officials asked for it to be moved from Jamaica Avenue to Archer Avenue (curiously, the MTA letter from June recognized Archer Avenue as the popular stretch for a busway in that neighborhood).
Two different busways have but to be put in, resulting from both opposition or unspecified delays. A busway for 181st Street in Washington Heights is meant to be put in in November, however the metropolis has not given a presentation to the mission’s neighborhood advisory board since mid-September. And the much-delayed Fundamental Road Busway in Flushing is lastly being put in quickly after months of delays caused by City Council Member Peter “Business Lives Matter” Koo.
The one busway to go off and not using a hitch has been the Jay Street Busway in Downtown Brooklyn. A bus lane on 14th Road extending that block’s bus lane to Avenue C was completed in July and a bus lane on 149th Street in the Bronx was accomplished in October, however a bus lane on Merrick Boulevard in Queens has not been completed yet.
Regardless of the numerous delays and the smaller imaginative and prescient than was initially requested for, activists are utilizing the carrot with Mayor de Blasio as an alternative of the stick (baseball season is over in spite of everything, so it’s time to place down the bats). Riders Alliance spokesman Danny Pearlstein urged on the mayor on Wednesday, tweeting that the town “had a banner yr for bus lanes” and that the mayor might nonetheless go away a optimistic legacy for the town’s hundreds of thousands of bus riders by urgent forward with extra formidable bus precedence tasks in 2021.
It is not too late for Flatbush and different main corridors throughout the town
In 2020, in opposition to all odds, @NYC_DOT has had a banner yr for bus lanes
— Danny Pearlstein (@dannypearlstein) October 28, 2020