Recommendations: Measures to reduce congestion and improve bus speeds

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    Proposed street reconfiguration

    This reconfiguration would limit the set of traffic movements at this site to create safer conditions at the intersections for motorists and pedestrians alike.

    Types of changes: Bus and driver mobility | Pedestrian safety
    Location: Broadway and Roosevelt

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    Proposed transit and bicycle access to Victor Moore Arcade

    Community members have requested that 74th and 75th Streets become primary access routes for transit and bicycles to the Victor Moore Arcade. Local access traffic would still be permitted. Buses currently running along 73rd Street would be re-routed to travel on 75th Street, between 35th and Roosevelt Avenues, a more direct connection to Victor Moore Arcade. This would require changes 75th Street between 30th and 37th Avenues to run northbound instead of southbound.

    Types of changes: Bus and driver mobility | Safe routes to transit | Bicycle safety and mobility
    Location: 74th and 75th Streets

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    Proposed left turn lane and signal

    A left turn lane and signal would help ease SB congestion in Jackson Heights. It should be noted that approximately 4 parking spaces would be removed for the safety of vehicles.

    Types of changes: Bus and driver mobility | Parking
    Location: 76th and 77th Streets

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    Proposed left turn lane and signal

    A left turn lane and signal on 77th Street would help to ease NB vehicular congestion in Jackson Heights. Please note that approximately 4 parking spaces would be removed for the safety of vehicles.

    Types of changes: Bus and driver mobility | Parking
    Location: 76th and 77th Streets

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    Proposed left turn lanes and signals

    The proposed changes at Broadway and Roosevelt may have an effect on traffic that wishes to circulate within the retail and commercial core. Left-turn lanes and phases for eastbound and westbound traffic on Broadway at 72nd Street would accommodate these vehicles and alleviate congestion.

    Types of changes: Bus and driver mobility | Parking | Pedestrian safety
    Location: Broadway at 72nd Street

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    Proposed curb extensions

    Community members have identified pedestrian safety as a key concern at this intersection. Curb extensions would shorten crossing distance and make pedestrians more visible to vehicles, without affecting vehicular mobility.

    Types of changes: Bus and driver mobility | Parking | Pedestrian safety
    Location: Broadway at 72nd Street

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    Proposed left turn lanes and signals

    Left turn lanes and signals at the intersection of Broadway at 75th Street would accommodate a new traffic flow that the other changes may create.

    Types of changes: Bus and driver mobility | Parking
    Location: Broadway and 75th

Comments

  1. Marie:

    Why can’t I find any recommendations for 73-74th street on 37th Avenue? It is often absurdly choatic around there especially 73rd and 37th. Where on this site can I find solutions for the problems there? I wonder why the directions of those streets couldn’t be switched make 73rd NB and 74 SB? Thanks

  2. Willa, NYCDOT:

    Marie, we agree that the intersection of 73rd Street and 37th Avenue can be very congested – and problems at this intersection often affect nearby intersections. We think that the change proposed at 73rd Street and 37th Road / Broadway will discourage many vehicles from going through the upstream intersection at 37th Avenue. Currently, the plan proposes that all vehicles traveling SB on 73rd Street make a right turn onto Broadway. Hopefully, the prohibition of left-turns onto 37th Road or Broadway will make 73rd Street less attractive for some vehicles.

  3. Carlos Martinez:

    Re: Improve bus speeds (and pedestrian safety)
    Most of the bus stops in the neighborhood are not located according to straphanger needs, especially for those routes that overlap with street intersections. For instance, on Northern Boulevard pedestrians risk their lives to catch eastbound/westbound buses and viceversa because bus stops are not located on the same side of the intersection.

  4. Steve:

    I have a problem with this what Willa, NYCDOT: wrote…mostly with the word “Hopefully”. “Hopefully, the prohibition of left-turns onto 37th Road or Broadway will make 73rd Street less attractive for some vehicles.”

  5. Saud:

    Hello DOT,
    I would like to write some of the CONS on DOT decision at Jackson Heights street reversal of 75 st, the problem is residents are facing more car and bus horns, and that street is more congested due as apposed to 73 st. The signal which is on 37 ave and 75 street is turn green for mostly 10 to 15 second, hardly 4 cars make it and it turns Red. If somebody wants to make a right turn then the traffic starts to jammed in the street and they start to honk, and not even care that it is a residential area.
    I would like to request you if you just please move the bus route or reverse the street back again would be great.
    Thanks

  6. ngray:

    Saud, thank you for your comment. We monitored traffic patterns at 37th Avenue and 75th Street during the fall. As a result of the monitoring, we have installed “No U-Turn” signage for northbound traffic on 75th Street and “Pedestrians Wait for the Walk Signal” signs at the southern crosswalk. We are also investigating how to provide additional turn lanes for southbound traffic turning from 75th Street onto 37th Avenue. We continue to monitor traffic throughout the study areas and have already implemented some signal timing changes at various intersections. We will continue to fine tune the project to ensure that it meets the community’s needs.

  7. H Winkler:

    I cross 37th Avenue and 73rd Street twice every day and in my opinion the main reason for the constant traffic congestion are the double parked cars in front of all the grocery stores. The number of grocery stores there has increased dramatically in the last 2 years, which has also increased the amount of double parked cars there. How many more of the same stores does this area need to buy onions and garlic? More double parked cars means more congestion and more HONKING on top of that. People completely ignore theses signs. Police should start fining people for double parking and honking in the area and word will spead quickly, and in my opinion resolve a big part of the problem.

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