Bronx Hub Gets Smorgasbord of Ped-Bike-Transit Enhancements

bronx_hub_sim.jpg

Work is underway on a major livable streets makeover [PDF] for the Hub — a shopping mecca in Melrose that some have called "the Times Square of the Bronx." The DOT plan simplifies a complex traffic pattern where three streets converge. In the process, space is transferred from vehicles to sidewalk extensions, pedestrian refuges, and a new, block-long public plaza.

Other "Sustainable Streets" priorities are converging here too. New bike routes are planned for Third Avenue and Willis/Melrose Avenue, and New York City Transit has re-routed several bus routes in coordination with DOT’s changes.

A tipster reports that some of the pedestrian refuges have already been completed. Streetsblog has requests in to DOT and DDC for a construction status report. Update: DDC says the projected completion date is next April (more specifics on the way, perhaps). If you have pictures, send them to us or upload to the Streetsblog Flickr pool.

After the jump, an overhead view of the Hub’s pedestrian enhancements.

bronx_hub_plan.jpg

Graphics: NYCDOT

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Pedestrians, Bus Riders, and Cyclists Get a Better Bronx Hub

|
These DOT photos [PDF] show off the revamped Bronx Hub — the shopping district and transit nexus in Melrose that just received a slew of livable streets improvements. Planters, surfacing, and a few strategically placed concrete islands demarcate pretty substantial new swaths of pedestrian space, including a block-long plaza (shown above and in bird’s eye […]

New Bronx River Greenway Link Would Remake Asphalt Expanse

|
After years of inter-agency wrangling, a wide-open intersection in the Bronx is set for a complete redesign that will include a new link in the Bronx River Greenway. The city presented a preliminary design [PDF] to Community Board 6’s transportation committee last Thursday. While the plan is a big step forward, it lacks a crosswalk that would […]

DOT Aims to Create a Walkable Main Street in Downtown Far Rockaway

|
Sitting at the convergence of the Long Island Railroad, the A train, and multiple bus and commuter van routes, the area around Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway has the potential to be a thriving downtown for the neighborhood, but it suffers from longstanding disinvestment and its streets aren’t great for walking. Now EDC is working with […]

New Scorecard From DOT: Driving in Decline, Safety Improvements Work

|
In 2008, transit ridership continued to increase while auto traffic declined. Image: NYCDOT. NYCDOT released the second Sustainable Streets Index this week, its annual scorecard on green transportation and street safety. This year’s edition has a few new features, including case studies of 12 projects across the city and some nifty GPS data from taxis. […]

NYC Stim Projects Help Fund Big Bike-Ped Improvements

|
Brooklyn Bridge upkeep grabbed headlines this morning, but wait til you see what’s happening on Houston Street. Yesterday Mayor Bloomberg unveiled the list of city transportation projects set to receive an injection of federal stimulus cash. Budget-wise, the big ticket items are mostly bridge repair projects, but channeling those stim bucks toward necessary maintenance also […]