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This Week: MetroCard’s Future, Jamaica Bay Greenway, Move NY

2:52 PM EDT on March 17, 2014

It's a busy week for livable streets. Tuesday features a bevy of community meetings in Brooklyn, Wednesday continues with discussions of play streets, MTA fare payment technology, and Vision Zero in Astoria. Stand up for better bike and pedestrian routes in Manhattan and Queens on Thursday, and cap off the week with a discussion of the Move NY fair tolling plan on Friday.

Check the full calendar a complete list of goings-on. Here are the details:

    • Tuesday: Bike corrals are on the agenda at the transportation committees of Brooklyn Community Boards 1 and 2, with four corrals proposed in each district. CB 2's committee meets at 6:00 p.m. and CB 1's committee begins its meeting at 6:30 p.m.
    • Also Tuesday: The meeting of 84th Precinct Community Council, covering Downtown Brooklyn, will include a review of traffic enforcement in the precinct. Advocates also plan to follow up on last week's Jay Street workshop. 7:00 p.m.
    • More Tuesday: Brooklyn CB 10, covering Bay Ridge, will include an update from DOT on bike lane projects in the area. 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday: Interested in hosting a play street in your neighborhood? Transportation Alternatives is hosting a meet-up for organizers to share tips and learn how to make the event a success. 6:00 p.m.
    • Also Wednesday: Ben Kabak of Second Avenue Sagas sits down with the MTA's Michael DeVitto at the New York Transit Museum to talk about the future of the MetroCard and new fare technology. 6:30 p.m.
    • More Wednesday: Elected officials in Astoria are hosting a Vision Zero town hall where residents can talk with city officials about traffic safety in western Queens. 7:00 p.m.
    • Thursday: Manhattan Community Board 2's full board will take up the plan to upgrade bike lanes on Lafayette Street and Fourth Avenue. The plan unanimously passed the transportation committee last week but supporters expect last-minute opposition. 6:00 p.m.
    • Also Thursday: The Regional Plan Association and DOT are kicking off the first of four workshops on the Jamaica Bay Greenway to solicit public input on planning the pedestrian and bicycle path. 6:30 p.m.
    • Friday: Join Move NY and RPA for a discussion of the regional fair tolling plan. This event, featuring state DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald, AAA's John Corlett, Carol Kellermann of Citizens Budget Commission, and Gene Russianoff of Straphangers Campaign, is the kick-off for a public listening tour around the region. 8:00 a.m.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

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