All of this has occurred earlier than, and all of this can occur once more.
The primary check-in on the Jay Road Busway exhibits that, like its cousin on 14th Road, the bus-priority road has elevated bus speeds and lower down on automotive visitors.
In accordance with the DOT’s most recent community advisory board presentation on town’s latest busway, information from the week of Sept. 28 confirmed buses on Jay Road are shifting sooner than 6 MPH between Tillary and Fulton streets in the course of the morning and night rush hours — up from a median of 4 MPH for the seven bus routes utilizing Jay Road earlier than the busway guidelines started on Aug. 31.
As well as, southbound buses on Jay Road are shifting sooner than 6 MPH, and northbound buses are shifting just below 6 MPH, a marked enchancment on the pre-busway common of simply over 3 miles per hour in one in every of Brooklyn’s most-congested corridors.
Automobile visitors on Jay Road has additionally fallen dramatically in line with DOT information. Per the October presentation, the DOT noticed simply over 150 vehicles between 8 a.m. and eight:30 a.m. and about 200 vehicles between 5:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 18, earlier than the busway guidelines went into impact. By Sept. 15, automotive quantity had fallen to beneath 100 vehicles in the identical remark slots.
Busway guidelines require automotive drivers to make the primary obtainable flip off the busway between 7 a.m. and seven p.m.
A Streetsblog go to to the busway throughout Wednesday’s morning rush discovered that automotive visitors nonetheless existed, and drivers nonetheless used the unprotected stretch of the bike lane as a drop-off lane. Nonetheless, visitors additionally flowed across the space, and visitors enforcement brokers gave out tickets to vehicles parked in a No Standing zone/bus cease on Jay Road close to Pearl Road (or, personal vehicles anyway, since NYPD officers participating of their favourite passion, parking in bus stops. received to go away their SUVs in the way in which).
Folks on bikes and scooters have been additionally an everyday sight on Smith Road and Jay Road, reflecting the road’s significance as a hyperlink to the Manhattan Bridge, which has seen a rise in use as town’s bike growth has continued.
The one darkish blot on the busway proper now could be the northbound strategy on Smith Road, between Bergen and Livingston streets. On that stretch, bus speeds haven’t budged in comparison with 2019, which the DOT recommended was the results of a brief protected bike lane that lower the quantity of northbound lanes from two to at least one. Drivers shifting north on that stretch additionally appeared extra prone to ignore the personal automobile prohibition in comparison with drivers going east or west on Livingston, who obeyed posted indicators prohibiting turns onto Smith Road.
A B61 driver informed Streetsblog that the drivers who stored utilizing Smith have been a frustration and brought about congestion, and questioned why town wasn’t doing extra to cease it.
“Every now and then you see the police pull somebody over,” the bus driver stated. “They’d a visitors cop on the nook, however I don’t know what occurred to them. One minute they have been there, and after that they have been gone.”
Small hiccups apart, bus riders on Smith Road and Jay Road are in all probability among the many extra lucky within the metropolis. Not one of the different 4 busways that Mayor de Blasio promised in June has been constructed but:
The success of the Jay Road busway reminds us of the Streetsblog Carolers’ efficiency of “The Busway Works” at Gracie Mansion final yr. Take pleasure in: