The plan, which aims to drastically reduce traffic fatalities across the city, echoes various proposals put forth by city and state politicians over the past month.
Department of Transportation
Concerns about wheelchair accessibility and parking spaces are the latest in a long debate about the Department of Transportation’s plan to speed up bus service along 125th Street.
Amid citywide criticism of police cracking down on jaywalking on the 96th Street and Broadway intersection, 24th precinct officials said that their focus remained on enforcing vehicular violations.
Despite pressure from local politicians to implement traffic-calming measures along a stretch of Morningside Avenue, Community Board 10 leaders said at a meeting last Thursday that they want a revised plan from the Department of Transportation before continuing discussions.
The Department of Transportation unveiled plans for extensive safety changes to the 96th Street and Broadway intersection at a public meeting with Community Board 7 on Thursday night.
Better signage and longer pedestrian signals have been implemented at the 97th Street and West End Avenue intersection after District 6 City Council member Helen Rosental met with Department of Transportation officials.
Local activists keen on making a stretch of Morningside Avenue safer for pedestrians hope recent accidents and a renewed citywide concern for road safety will provide the political will to move a long-awaited traffic-calming plan for the avenue forward.
City Council member Gale Brewer has called on the Department of Transportation to apply for federal funding to expand its bike-share program to the Upper West Side.
“We really need it, right here in this spot,” said Tobie Childez, who has served as a crossing guard on the corner of 119th Street and Manhattan Avenue for almost 13 years. “They’re going against the light, and they don’t care.”
Many local residents claiming that buses on 125th Street are the slowest in the area, and the Transit Riders Action Committee is looking to change that by trying to designate one of 125th Street’s lanes as buses-only.
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