Winter 2002, p.2

Downtown Brooklyn Plan Released

In December, Ove ARUP, the City's consultant on the Downtown Brooklyn Traffic Calming project, released its Draft Area-wide Plan. The expanded plan includes many smart concepts like bus bulbs to smooth traffic and speed bus loading and bike boxes to allow bikes to advance to the front of the queue at red lights. The plan also documents accepted calming standards, such as raised intersections and crosswalks (though it does not hold the DOT accountable to those standards). Unfortunately, Ove ARUP dismisses certain elements of traffic cell schemes as "not feasible," though it does not provide any reasoning. And, of course, its plan still does not mention the goal of overall traffic reduction, the major concern of the vocal downtown community.

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