The L train is expected to shut down in 2019. This may overcrowd the JMZ and F lines. What is proposed to solve this problem?
According to MTA’s press release from July 2016, the planned 18-month closure of the L train’s Canarsie Tunnel, which is necessary to repair damage from Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, will commence no sooner than 2019. The press release also indicated that the MTA has stated “the process of fully developing alternative service plans and will continue to work with the community, City and State agencies, and all stakeholders to minimize the impacts of the closure with added service including additional capacity on the M, J, and G trains. MTA plans to work closely with the City and State to develop routes and determine service levels needed to accommodate projected ridership. Prior to the closure of the Canarsie Tunnel, the agency is preparing to rebuild two crucial sections of the M line in Brooklyn and Queens in order to ensure that two decades-old deteriorating overpasses remain safe for travel.”
What is the proposed plan for parking for new residents?
The existing parking spaces at 265-275 Cherry Street will be replaced in a new below-grade garage. Due to the abundance of public transportation options available in Manhattan, City policies do not encourage or require parking spaces to be built in within the “Manhattan Core,” which includes Lower Manhattan. New residents of the proposed developments who own cars would use public parking facilities in the area or the limited on-street parking in the vicinity.
Can a developer “gift” the MTA an elevator for subway station?
If potentially significant impacts on the subway station entrances are determined to result from the projects, then appropriate mitigation measures would be required. Any mitigation measures affecting the subway system would have to be approved by the MTA. For subway station impacts, MTA usually requires improvements to subway stations in order to reduce crowding, such as widening stairwells. Mitigation measures may also include the construction of elevators.
Can you provide a projection layout and/or information on how all development - first the LSRD and then all those being studied in the study area - will impact parking in all of the study area? How many spaces will actually be available (including on street and on site parking lots or spaces)?
In the Transportation chapter of the EIS, an inventory of off-street public parking facilities will be presented along with an evaluation of existing and future parking supply and demand to determine the potential parking shortfall that could result from the proposed developments.
What is the parking lot availability of those identified on the map on the table and what is the maximum capacity of each?
This information will be presented in the EIS and used to determine the potential for a parking shortfall to result from the proposed developments.
Where did they move the M9 bus to?
Near the project sites, the M9 bus operates along East Broadway connecting Battery Park City to the south and Kips Bay to the north.
Can we have no commercial parking?
Requests by members of the public for curbside parking regulation changes can be made to DOT for consideration.
What is the smart grid movement of people or vehicles? If 10,000 people come to neighborhood, smart plans could offer relief.
DOT will be reviewing the proposed projects as part of the EIS process and may require improvements as mitigation for any traffic impacts. If the question is more broadly referring to how technology has played a role in enhancing transportation options and efficiencies, there are increasingly more applications that allow people to better obtain real-time public transit schedules, understand congestion levels, plan their travel, order for-hire vehicles and use ridesharing services.
How will traffic be diverted to reduce congestion?
Traffic patterns of project-generated trips will be studied in the EIS and reviewed by DOT. The EIS will establish existing and future baseline traffic conditions and assess potential impacts from these project-generated trips. If significant impacts are identified, mitigation measures will be explored to alleviate these impacts.
The Madison and Rutgers F Station entrances are dangerous and filled with vagrants. Can Social Services help?
Neighborhood issues should be brought to the Community Board so that outreach can be made to the appropriate agencies. With regard to safety and other issues at a transit facility, concerns can also be raised directly with the MTA.
Are they removing parking lots and bike parking? Nobody will bike in the neighborhood anymore.
Surface parking spaces currently available at 265-275 Cherry Street will be replaced within a below-grade garage in the new 260 South St. building. The plans for the proposed developments do not otherwise require the removal or relocation of parking lots and bike parking. All three proposed buildings will contain bike parking for residents as required by Code.
How will the developers ensure traffic management and public safety?
Traffic will be analyzed in the EIS. Mitigation measures will be considered for any significant adverse traffic impacts that are identified; changes to the timing of traffic signals are often required in order to improve the flow of traffic. In addition, the EIS will evaluate recent crash data to identify the presence of “high-accident intersections” in accordance with CEQR guidelines. If these are identified, safety improvement measures will be recommended for DOT consideration and approval.
I have to wait a long time for the M15 and most buses are express from Madison to Pike and Cherry. Can this bus service be improved to meet the needs to residents?
Bus routes in the Two Bridges area will be studied in the EIS. If significant adverse impacts to bus service are identified, they generally may be mitigated by increasing the frequency of service on existing bus lines. Changes to bus service must be approved and implemented by the MTA.
Is it possible to increase the frequency at which the F train comes in anticipation of increased traffic? Also, the station looks under maintained. Could funds be allocated toward the East Broadway station? What about the F train at Madison Street?
The F train station and service at the East Broadway station will be considered in the EIS. Any mitigation measures affecting the subway system would have to be approved by the MTA. For subway station impacts, MTA usually requires improvements to subway stations in order to reduce crowding, such as widening stairwells.
What are you planning to do about transportation? The subway platforms are already crowded. Have you thought about the impact this would have on transportation subway and bus route?
Potential impacts to both buses and subways will be analyzed in the EIS. Mitigation measures will be considered for any significant adverse impacts that are identified.
How to mitigate traffic congestion?
Traffic will be analyzed in the EIS. Mitigation measures will be considered for any significant adverse traffic impacts that are identified and often involve changes to the timing of traffic signals in order to improve the flow of traffic.
Just like the impact on our public schools, we know infrastructure will definitely be impacted. Public transportation is already stressed. What will be done to mitigate that impact?
The effects on public transportation will be studied and if significant adverse impacts are identified, mitigation measures will be developed to reduce or avoid those impacts. For subway station impacts, MTA usually requires improvements to subway stations in order to reduce crowding, such as widening stairwells.
What about wear and tear on our roads?
While traffic and congestion is studied in an EIS, wear and tear on roads is not studied in an EIS as the Department of Transportation maintains roads through the course of its normal operations.
Does the City even have money to improve the F train and/or its stations?
The EIS will consider the anticipated effects of the projects on the F train and local stations. If it is determined that significant impacts are likely to occur as a result of the projects, any necessary improvements to local stations would be funded by the development teams, subject to approval by the MTA. In addition, any proposed changes to F train service would have to be approved and implemented by the MTA.
Is there a reason why the M15 select bus service doesn't stop in the area?
The M15 travels on Pike/Allen and on Madison Street southwest of Pike Street. The M15 SBS has fewer stops to provide faster service, though it does have a regular stop at Pike/Allen Street between Henry and Madison Streets. Selection of bus stops, however, is not within the control of the development teams.
Will the EIS find that the buses need to change their routes? Will the developers persuade MTA to increase bus frequency or add bus lines?
The EIS will include an analysis of the projects’ potential to affect bus service in the surrounding area. If significant impacts to bus service are identified, they generally may be mitigated by increasing the frequency of service on existing bus lines. Changes to bus service must be approved and implemented by the MTA, and the results of the EIS will be made available to the MTA.
South Street is already congested as are many of the local streets. What is being done to reduce traffic? Will there be cut outs in the curbs to allow cars dropping off people to work?
The EIS will include an analysis of the projects’ effects on traffic in the surrounding area and, if impacts are identified, will also identify feasible measures that can mitigate the impacts. None of the proposed projects would require new curb cuts based on current design.
South Street is pedestrian friendly. If overcrowded, should the municipality put more traffic lights?
The EIS will include an analysis of the projects’ potential to affect pedestrian conditions in the surrounding area. If significant impacts are identified, traffic engineering measures will be explored to mitigate the impacts.
Why won’t they build underground parking or a parking garage?
The existing surface parking spaces in the parking lot adjacent to 265 & 275 Cherry Street will be replaced with new parking spaces in a below-grade garage in the new building.
What are some tangible examples for mitigating overcrowded subway?
Subway mitigation measures have often involved widening stairways. Relocating stairways off sidewalks to inside buildings and providing an ADA-compliant elevator are other potential mitigation measures.