TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT: On Sunday morning (October 20, 2013), MTA Bridges and Tunnels officer Thomas Choi was seriously injured by a motorist as he attempted to re-open the Brooklyn-bound lower-level of the bridge to traffic
BUSINESS: The American Iron and Steel Institute [AISI] – an association of North American steel producers – is asking the Metropolitan Transit Authority to reconsider their decision to use 15,000 tons of steel plate made in China for an upper deck replacement project on the Verrazano Narrows Bridge planned to begin next year.
TRANSIT: since direct Brooklyn-to-Manhattan service was restored on the R-train in December, things just haven’t been quite right. All sorts of delays, signal problems, other bad stuff. The line was restored, yes… but it wasn’t really fixed. Metals and delicate electronics that were subjected to an extended salt-water bath are breaking down at an accelerated pace, and no amount of FASTRACKs will allow the MTA to keep up. So the transit agency will close the Montague Tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan for 14 months, starting in August.
TRANSIT: Take note, subway riders – the MTA’s Fastrack maintenance program is coming to Bay Ridge, so you better be tucked in early that night. For four weeknights from Monday, May 6 through Thursday, May 9, there will be no R-trains between 36th Street and 95th Street starting at 10pm. The shutdown lasts until 5am the next morning.
TRANSIT: Transit advocates want to bring back the B37, but the more pressing need is improving the transit options that connect Brooklyn with Staten Island. Oh, look – we made a map that brings back the B37 with an extension to St. George. Aren’t we clever? (And don’t think for a minute that we aren’t very, very serious about this.)
TRAFFIC & TRANSIT: Six months after Transportation Alternatives proposed bike and pedestrian lanes on the Verrazano Bridge as part of their Harbor Ring project, supporters of the idea have begun a petition on website Change.org in order to help gain some much-needed traction, as well as the attention of Governor Andrew Cuomo.