Recommendations: Safer access to transit

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    Proposed crosswalk widening

    Wider crosswalks would better accommodate the large volume of commuters accessing the Transit Hub and Victor Moore Arcade. The proposal calls for widening the crosswalks from 12 feet to 40 feet - more than triple their current width. This improvement would also encourage pedestrians to use the crosswalk instead of crossing mid-block.

    Types of changes: Pedestrian safety | Safe routes to transit
    Location: Roosevelt Avenue

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    Proposed bus stop shift and installation of shelters

    To accommodate the proposed wider crosswalks, bus stops on Roosevelt Avenue would be shifted towards the middle of the block. New shelters would help discourage pedestrians crossing busy Roosevelt Avenue mid-block.

    Types of changes: Pedestrian safety | Safe routes to transit
    Location: Roosevelt Avenue

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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

Comments

  1. Armando:

    Let’s take the diesel bus traffic and put it on 75th! The people on 73rd can rejoice while the residents of 75th see the once quiet block become a pollution and noise nightmare because the bus will not even fit down that narrow road. The angle across 37th ave is too far to the right. Additional parking will have to be removed on 75th St. They put bike lanes on 75th not buses.

  2. Fofofo:

    Diesel bus traffic? Are you talking about the NYC MTA buses that run on natural gas?

  3. Karen:

    I have to agree with Armando above. Both sides of 75th street contain co-ops with hundreds of apt owners who purchased their apartments when it was a relatively quiet block. Now it has 2 or 3 buses noisily inching down it at all times. If you bought on 73rd street you knew at the time it was a street with traffic and buses (and it was priced accordingly!)

  4. ngray:

    Karen, thank you for your comment. The re-routing of buses to 75th Street was the result of the agency, MTA and community identifying issues and coming together to improve traffic operation, install safety improvements throughout the neighborhood, and create a more direct connection for the bus into Victor Moore Arcade. We are continuously monitoring all of the changes to ensure that we are achieving the goals the community set out to reach.

  5. Laura:

    Sorry, but the re-routing of buses to 75th St. was NOT determined by this ‘community’. Your own data proves it. Jackson Heights has a population of over 62,000, yet less than 200 residents took part in all of your meetings/presentations–combined! If that pathetic number doesn’t illustrate the lack of TOTAL community involvement, then I don’t know what does. DOT: the Jackson Hts. community, as a whole, did not participate in this study; only the residents of 73rd St., CB#3 members, local elected officials and subscribers to their email alerts, and Jax Hts website bloggers even knew this Transportation Study existed! You made zero effort to communicate with those most adversely affected, despite the concerns raised in your Feb. 12th meeting. Again, I say “shame on you!”

  6. Haney:

    Much praised to the change that has been done in an effort to relieve congestion. THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    Lets try as a community to try to combat the garbage and the congestion on 73rd between 37th av and 37th road.

    AGAIN , I appreciate the improvisations!!

  7. Todd Goldman:

    I disagree. I think the city did an exemplary job of reaching out to the community on this study, and that the meetings were well publicized. I wish the city had posted their findings and recommendations *before* each of their workshops and community board meetings, not after, but otherwise I think this was a great step forward for community involvement in transportation planning in this city. DOT should be commended for its approach to this study.

    The recommendations of the study had strong support from elected officials and community groups alike. I think the changes in traffic circulation, pedestrian safety, and the new pedestrian plaza are all big wins for our neighborhood, and I am confident that supporters of these changes far outnumber the (much louder) opponents.

  8. Rick O'Shea:

    Before you give a 5 star rating , please tell me this – They claimed to improve safety but earlier this week, I took my nephew for a bike ride around the area. We stayed in the bike lanes as much as possible… the bike lane on 37 Ave (from 74 St – 73 St) runs one-way westbound, the issue is that 37 Ave is on-way EASTBOUND for vehicular traffic. Isn;t it a federal law that bicyclists MUST drive with the flow of traffic for safety reasons. Does the city now have to right to override federal laws and create a bike lane that flows directly against traffic? Motorists traveling northbound on 74 St will not, and should not, expect anyone to enter the roadway from their right side but that is the only way to enter 74 St by bicycle. In addition, we continued along this convoluted path until Broadway where we found a bike lane with vehicles parked in it… at meters. Who laid out this route, besides sending us blocks out of the way, it sent us directly into oncoming traffic and then down the middle of Broadway… WHERE IS THE SAFETY IN THAT?

  9. ngray:

    Thank you, Haney.

  10. ngray:

    Laura, thank you for your comment. As you are aware, community outreach and involvement have been an integral part of this study. We have been directly engaged with community stakeholders throughout the life of the project, especially since we implemented these improvements. Residents and stakeholders from throughout the Jackson Heights community participated in the study, and this particular project has been cited as one of the most inclusive projects the NYC DOT had ever undertaken. We engaged well over the 200 people you cite and continue to work with the community to refine the project. In addition, both Community Board 3 and 4 were fully consulted throughout the project and voted unanimously in favor of the project.

  11. Laura:

    Once again, you are conveniently missing the point. CB #3 and #4 + community stakeholders did not effectively communicate the impending adverse implications of this study to those most effected. In a multi-cultural, multi-lingual neighborhood (of both low and middle income residents), to throw up a lot of information on the Web and consider that “community outreach and involvement” is just nuts! Additionally, I have experienced first hand how the DOT and elected officials are working with the community to refine the project—basically the request of over 1200 people to re-examine aspects of the study was swept under the rug. In short, we were told to accept it and move on. That can hardly be called ‘engagement’.

  12. Margaret:

    I am strongly opposed to sidewalk widening at Roosevelt Ave at the subway building. Vehicle speed is already quite slow through this area, which provides a natural buffer to pedestrians. Because of the bus traffic on Roosevelt, it is better to leave a wider street for other vehicles to proceed past stopped buses. If the only pull over spot is the bus stop, it overlooks the need for curb space for emergency vehicles and MTA maintenance/cleaning vehicles to stop, and for taxis to drop off. In addition, your own data shows more pedestrians at the 37th Road strip than on Roosevelt.

  13. Kim:

    Laura, when people were screaming and feeling pain of the trafic condition and poor quality of life on 73rd street, there were many community hearings organized for 2, 3 years. I attended most of them. were you hearing those pain? or you just ignored? i think overall DOT did great job for Jackson Heights. Yes, it brought some traffic on 75th street and other streets but that is absolutely nothing compared to what 73rd street used to be. DOT was successful for dissolving extremely heavy traffic congestion.

  14. ngray:

    Margaret, we do not have plans to widen the sidewalks on Roosevelt Avenue or to remove traffic lanes. The crosswalks on Roosevelt Avenue at 74th Street and 75th Street were widened to accommodate the significant number of people that cross Roosevelt Avenue to get into the Victor Moore Arcade.

  15. Rick O'Shea:

    ngray – If I’m not mistaken, these “widened” crosswalks contain bicycle racks (not to mention food carts). How can there be bicycle racks in the middle of what is supposed to be pedestrian crosswalks? And, who is in charge of having the food carts relocated, there create a very dangerous condition

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