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14th Street closing to private through-traffic during L train shutdown   

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14th Street closing to private through-traffic during L train shutdown   

https://www.amny.com/transit/l-train-14th-street-1.30169312

Between Third and Ninth avenues, it will be open only to private vehicles making pickups, dropoffs and accessing garages, beginning in June.

A view of 14th Street on April 16. Photo Credit: Vincent Barone 

The L train “slowdown” will come with bus priority on 14th Street after all.  

The de Blasio administration will ban private through-traffic on 14th Street between Third and Ninth avenues as part of a new pilot street design to help speed up buses during the L train’s Canarsie tunnel reconstruction, according to a draft release of the plans obtained by amNewYork.

But the changes won’t come until June, more than a month after the subway rehabilitation work begins.

The proposed changes to 14th Street, according to a draft news release from the city. 

Under the city’s plans, the new stretch of 14th Street will consist of four lanes, two in each direction: the center lanes will be dedicated to bus and truck traffic, while the outer two curbside lanes will be reserved for truck loading and local traffic looking to make pickups, drop-offs or access garages along the block.

Private vehicles in these lanes will be required to turn right, off the street, at the next possible opportunity and left turns will be barred. The city in the draft release said it drew inspiration from the King Street project in Toronto, where similar vehicular restrictions where put in place in order to improve cripplingly slow streetcar service on the major city artery. 

The mayor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

New M14 Select Bus Service will roll out with the street changes in June, along with additional painted pedestrian space at intersections. The city plans to use automated cameras to enforce the rules of the road. 

The city’s Department of Transportation will conduct “significant outreach,” including to the five different community boards overlapping 14th Street, and will promote education campaigns for people who commute on the block, the draft release states. There doesn’t appear to be any space dedicated for parking in the plan.

The city also plans to announce that bike infrastructure projects on Manhattan's 12th and 13th streets, as well as Grand Street in Brooklyn, will be made permanent. The Grand Street protected bike lanes will be adjusted to add more loading zones and metered parking, and to “help accommodate the needs of industrial businesses along this section of the corridor,” according to the draft release.

Under the original plan, the city pitched a bus-only corridor along 14th Street for 17 hours of the day, but from the onset the DOT had assured that local pickups and drop-offs would be accommodated.

The city has been criticized for dragging its feet on the fate of 14th Street. The new design comes just days before L train tunnel reconstruction begins Friday evening. Advocates have long called for a dedicated busway on 14th Street to help alleviate potentially dangerous overcrowding at stations during the work, which will take place during nights and weekends for 15 to 18 months. 

During the night-and-weekend work, the MTA will run three trains per hour, at 20-minute intervals, between the Bedford Avenue station and through Manhattan. That service schedule translates to an 80% reduction in trains at certain hours. The authority advised riders this week that they may not be able to even fit on the first trains rolling into their stations.

 

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36 minutes ago, Union Tpke said:

14th Street closing to private through-traffic during L train shutdown   

https://www.amny.com/transit/l-train-14th-street-1.30169312

Between Third and Ninth avenues, it will be open only to private vehicles making pickups, dropoffs and accessing garages, beginning in June.

A view of 14th Street on April 16. Photo Credit: Vincent Barone 

The L train “slowdown” will come with bus priority on 14th Street after all.  

The de Blasio administration will ban private through-traffic on 14th Street between Third and Ninth avenues as part of a new pilot street design to help speed up buses during the L train’s Canarsie tunnel reconstruction, according to a draft release of the plans obtained by amNewYork.

But the changes won’t come until June, more than a month after the subway rehabilitation work begins.

The proposed changes to 14th Street, according to a draft news release from the city. 

Under the city’s plans, the new stretch of 14th Street will consist of four lanes, two in each direction: the center lanes will be dedicated to bus and truck traffic, while the outer two curbside lanes will be reserved for truck loading and local traffic looking to make pickups, drop-offs or access garages along the block.

Private vehicles in these lanes will be required to turn right, off the street, at the next possible opportunity and left turns will be barred. The city in the draft release said it drew inspiration from the King Street project in Toronto, where similar vehicular restrictions where put in place in order to improve cripplingly slow streetcar service on the major city artery. 

The mayor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

New M14 Select Bus Service will roll out with the street changes in June, along with additional painted pedestrian space at intersections. The city plans to use automated cameras to enforce the rules of the road. 

The city’s Department of Transportation will conduct “significant outreach,” including to the five different community boards overlapping 14th Street, and will promote education campaigns for people who commute on the block, the draft release states. There doesn’t appear to be any space dedicated for parking in the plan.

The city also plans to announce that bike infrastructure projects on Manhattan's 12th and 13th streets, as well as Grand Street in Brooklyn, will be made permanent. The Grand Street protected bike lanes will be adjusted to add more loading zones and metered parking, and to “help accommodate the needs of industrial businesses along this section of the corridor,” according to the draft release.

Under the original plan, the city pitched a bus-only corridor along 14th Street for 17 hours of the day, but from the onset the DOT had assured that local pickups and drop-offs would be accommodated.

The city has been criticized for dragging its feet on the fate of 14th Street. The new design comes just days before L train tunnel reconstruction begins Friday evening. Advocates have long called for a dedicated busway on 14th Street to help alleviate potentially dangerous overcrowding at stations during the work, which will take place during nights and weekends for 15 to 18 months. 

During the night-and-weekend work, the MTA will run three trains per hour, at 20-minute intervals, between the Bedford Avenue station and through Manhattan. That service schedule translates to an 80% reduction in trains at certain hours. The authority advised riders this week that they may not be able to even fit on the first trains rolling into their stations.

 

It is great that they are closing 14th Street to cars. The question is what are the hours of of the restriction? Will it be 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM like originally planned?

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19 hours ago, JeremiahC99 said:

It is great that they are closing 14th Street to cars. The question is what are the hours of of the restriction? Will it be 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM like originally planned?

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Polly Trottenberg, the city’s DOT commissioner, said the restrictions will likely be in place only part of the day.

“There will be hours in effect. The original proposal had from 5 (a.m.) to 10 (p.m.),” Trottenberg said during a news conference Wednesday afternoon. “Were looking at those hours. It may not be those hours … and the hours are something that we can very much adjust.”

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I'm a bit 50/50 on this. 50 on the grounds that it would improve bus service on the M14 (which is a great thing) and 50 on the concern that it would cause major traffic issues since 14th Street is used by cars a lot, and the roads south of 14th head into different directions and how would 23rd Street and 34th Street (as well as the one direction avenues) would handle the huge traffic from 14th, especially the bus routes. 

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