Bronx Hub Gets Smorgasbord of Ped-Bike-Transit Enhancements

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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.

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Graphics: NYCDOT

  • Cue fauxtrage from South Bronx “community leaders” who go everywhere by car and assume that all their constituents do. Be on the lookout for the race card played against “the City” trying to Put One Over on the People Again.

  • JP

    Maybe the Atlantic, Flatbush, 4th Ave mess can be next.

  • Excellent use of “smorgasbord”.

  • Emily J.

    JP, I hope you’re right. I live right by there and it’s scary. Just this weekend I saw a proverbial “little old lady,” all dressed up for church, crossing the intersection, and actually felt compelled to slow down to her pace and walk between her and the traffic, because she seemed so vulnerable.

  • JP & Emily J….

    that may be the case… there’s a community board meeting tonight… come join!

    Atlantic Terminal pedestrian crossings: DOT presentation to CB2 Transportation Committee
    Tuesday, 21 October, at 6 PM
    St. Francis College, on Remsen Street in Brooklyn Heights

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