This Week: Corey Johnson’s L Train Shutdown Hearing, Hunts Point Takes on State DOT, Divining the Prospects for Congestion Pricing

DOT's proposed design for the 14th Street busway. Image: DOT/MTA
DOT's proposed design for the 14th Street busway. Image: DOT/MTA

Will Council Speaker Corey Johnson stand up for effective bus service and safe bikeways to keep people moving during the L train shutdown? Or will he gum up the city’s plans for transit and biking at the behest of a few loud and angry NIMBYs in his district?

Will the State DOT listen to Hunts Point residents who don’t want a new highway ramp cutting off their neighborhood from the Bronx River?

Will Governor Cuomo follow through on congestion pricing in Albany next session, or was his “Fix NYC” panel all just a massive head fake?

Speak up and/or learn more about these issues at the slate of events on this week’s Streetsblog calendar.

Check the calendar for more info on these events.

  • Wednesday: The City Council holds a hearing on the L train shutdown in Speaker Corey Johnson’s district, where NIMBY opposition to busways and bikeways has been most intense. Johnson has been conspicuously noncommittal on the city’s plans to priority transit on biking on surface streets during the shutdown. Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law/Brookdale Center, Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, 55 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan. 1 p.m.
  • Also Wednesday: The State DOT’s plan for new Bruckner ramps to the Hunts Point food market is exactly what local residents don’t want, putting truck traffic between the residential core of the neighborhood and the Bronx River. On Wednesday, State DOT is hosting two public hearings where you can weigh in on the project. Bronx Academy for Multimedia, 730 Bryant Avenue, The Bronx. 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: TransitCenter hosts an expert panel to discuss the prospects for a New York City congestion pricing plan in Albany. RSVP required. 1 Whitehall Street, 17th Floor, Manhattan. 6 p.m.

Watch the calendar for updates. Drop us a line if you have an event we should know about.

  • NYCyclist

    On the good news front, tonight:

    Bon Voyage in Central Park: The Last Car
    https://www.facebook.com/events/293521387855699/

    Put on your party hats; we’re giving The Last Car in Central Park a send-off that the world won’t forget.

    Will you join Transportation Alternatives, NYC Department of Transportation, NYC Time’s Up, and the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, as we for one final, fond farewell parade, and celebration?

    Procession will begin at 59th Street and 6th Avenue and follow Center Drive to East Drive to 72nd Street and 5th Avenue.

    Please come to the event bringing your scarves, neck-ribbons, and “hand-CAR-chiefs” (hankerchiefs), so we can bid cars adieu with adequate melodrama!

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