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Hurricane Transportation Update

Friday, August 26th, 2011

The city is gearing up for Irene, clearly hoping to avoid anything like the situation a little snow managed to create:

* The MTA will completely shut down service if sustained winds reach above 39 miles per hour.

* Buses, however, will continue to operate to aid any evacuation orders from the mayor and governor.

* Flooding is a possibility on subway tracks–help prevent it by leaving no trash on the train, which can get trapped in drainage boxes.

* Bridges may have to close if the winds are too strong.

* Alternate side parking regulations are suspended citywide on Saturday and Monday. Parking meters will also be suspended citywide on these dates.

Yikes! Is anyone changing travel plans because of the hurricane? Or are you making travel plans–to get the hell out of town before the storm gets here?

- Mary

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Upcoming Subway Changes

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

We’ll have the subway back to normal around here soon, but we won’t be able to enjoy it much.

We already told you about the subway changes for the weekend of September 9-12, when the Q will terminate at the Prospect Park station so they can finish work on the line rehabilitation. Following that, two more weekends will be a shuttle bus fest if you’re heading toward Manhattan:

Weekends of September 23-25 and October 14-16
From Friday beginning at 10:00 PM to Monday ending at 5:00 AM, for these two weekends B & Q service will be suspended between Pacific Street and Prospect Park, due to continuing construction work at Atlantic Yards. Shuttle bus service will be provided at Pacific Street, 7th Avenue, and Prospect Park B & Q stations.

- Mary

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End of Brighton Line Construction Is in Sight!

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

The Brighton Line Rehabilitation project is coming to an end! Starting in September, the Q train will once again stop at all the stations that have been closed temporarily, and the B train will be back to running express. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that to complete the work, the line will terminate at Prospect Park for a weekend, when there will also be street closures in Midwood. Granite Construction provided Community Board 14 with the following street closures for the weekend of September 9-12:

* Avenue P between E. 15th and E. 16th from 8:00 PM Friday 9/9 thru 5:00 AM Monday 9/12.

* Avenue J between E. 15th and E. 16th from 8:00 PM Friday 9/9 thru 5:00 AM Monday 9/12.

* Chestnut Avenue between E. 15th and E. 16th from 8:00 PM Friday 9/9 thru 5:00 AM Monday 9/12.

* The current one-way traffic between Ave. I and Ave. J will become two-way traffic from 8:00 PM Friday 9/9 thru 5:00 AM Monday 9/12. Vehicles will not be able to access Avenue J from East 16th street during this period.

Detour signs will be in place to direct motorists accordingly.

Trains will not be running between Prospect Park and Stillwell Avenue from 8pm Friday, September 9 through 5am Monday, September 12. Here are the alternatives for that weekend, from the MTA:

* B68 and free shuttle buses provide express and local service between Prospect Park and Stillwell Av.

* Express shuttle buses run between Brighton Beach and Prospect Park, stopping at Sheepshead Bay, Neck Rd, Avenue U, Kings Hwy, the Flatbush Av 2 Station and Prospect Park.

* Local shuttle buses run between Prospect Park and Kings Hwy, making all Q station stops.

* B68 bus service is available between Brighton Beach and Stillwell Av (additional service will be provided overnight).

- Mary

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Sad Update on Brooklyn College Crash

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Marie Barnett, the 84-year-old Long Island grandmother who crashed her car into a Brooklyn College building early Wednesday morning, has died from injuries sustained in the crash.

According to the Post, she suffered head and torso wounds, and passed away yesterday.

- Mary

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Buckle Up

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

A reminder from the NY Post that seat belts really can save lives:

Marie Barnett, 84, was cruising through Midwood at around 5:30 a.m. when her gray 2008 Honda Accord jumped the curb and smashed into the back of a Brooklyn College building, officials said.

The Merrick woman had to be cut from the twisted steel by emergency responders, and was rushed to Kings County Hospital with several broken bones.

Barnett, who sources said had a pre-existing heart condition, was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

Her car crashed into the back of Gershwin Hall, which is supposed to be demolished any day now anyway.

Here’s hoping she makes a full recovery.

- Sarah

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The Brighton Line progress

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

The new and improved temporary Ave H station entrance:
Ave H station

New tracks – anyone know what these are made of?
Tracks at Ave H

The Manhattan-bound platform at Ave M is slowly, umm, getting a platform:
Ave M

- Sarah

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Delays on the Q, 2, 5

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

A head’s up as you start your evening commute: The MTA says that uptown Q trains are experiencing delays due to signal problems on the Manhattan Bridge. Additionally, after earlier signal problems that shut down the 2 and 5 trains, they’re back up, but running with delays.

Anyone have problems in either direction?

- Mary

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Parking

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

This is one solution to the enormous parking problem around Midwood, spotted around Coney Island Ave and Ave J. Of course, we do know that driving is bad for the environment, but there are a lot of reasons people do drive in 11229 – they’re coming in from neighborhoods with poorer public transportation, such as Mill Basin and Marine Park, they have modesty edicts to observe as a result of Orthodox Judaism, etc.

Parking

What parts of Midwood do you dread driving to as a result of parking? What’s the longest it ever took you to find a spot?

- Sarah

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Good deed of the day

Monday, June 20th, 2011

After a man just missed this bus at the stop on Ocean Parkway and Ave M, the driver pulled over for him around the corner.

Good deed

- Sarah

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My mom says I’m cool

Monday, June 20th, 2011

This joke map, titled the MTA’s map for hipsters, has been making its way around the internet. According to it, we are sort of on the radar on the west side. Does this match up with anyone’s experiences, or is it lazy fake map-making?

- Sarah

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Holiday Schedule

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Monday is Memorial Day, which means that subways and buses are running on a Sunday schedule: so no B trains, and the Q won’t run very often.

If you have the day off and you’re around tomorrow, why not bike to a beach? New York City beaches officially opened this weekend, and there are some good ones within nice bike riding or walking distance. But when you get there, remember, you can’t smoke.

- Mary

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Golden and Brennan on Transit Funding

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Sheepshead Bites has an excellent summary:

In recent years Albany has been stealing increasing amounts of dedicated transit funding to help balance its ever-increasing budget deficit. In 2010, Albany redirected $143 million in MTA money to the general fund. This reduction in transit funding was the primary impetus for last year’s severe service cutbacks. This year, Governor Cuomo removed an additional $200 million in operating funds from the MTA’s operating budget, shifting $100 to its capital budget which has a $10 billion gap.

This problem is not unique to New York State. In California voters recent passed Proposition 22 to protect transit funds.

To assure this does not continue every time Albany is short of cash, necessitating additional service cuts and fare increases, State Senator Martin Golden and Assemblyman James Brennan proposed a new law last week called the Transit Funding Lockbox Act.

- Sarah

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Subway Service Restored

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

From the MTA:

Regular B, D, F, N and R subway service resumed this afternoon between Manhattan and Brooklyn following the derailment of a NYC Transit work train outside the DeKalb Avenue station early this morning. NYC Transit Maintenance of Way and Car Equipment crews worked diligently throughout the day to re-rail the work train, inspect the tracks and replace approximately 200 feet of third rail damaged when the wheels of one car of the work train derailed.

The cause of the accident is being investigated. MTA NYC Transit would like to thank our customers for their patience while we responded to and cleared this accident.

They say to expect residual delays. And there’s currently a signal problem at Prospect Park, so basically the fun never ends.

- Mary

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Trains a Mess This Morning

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

The commute this morning is going to suck because a work train derailed on the Manhattan Bridge. From WNYC:

Officials with the Metropolitan Transit Authority say one car of a four-car train came off the tracks outside the DeKalb Avenue Station. The train was carrying MTA employees, but there were no injuries in the derailment.

No B trains in either direction, and the Brooklyn-bound Q is running on the R line between DeKalb and Canal. If it weren’t raining, I might suggest walking, which could probably get you to your destination faster today. Check for updates on the MTA site.

- Mary

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Parking in Midwood

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Op-ed by Shelly Eisenhart, Board Chair of the Midwood Development Corp.

As long as I have been involved with MDC, I have heard during Board meetings, Housing & Quality of Life Committee meetings and in reports about merchant meetings – about Parking!!! Parking has always been a number one issue in the community. Last winter, this problem blew up because of the parking of large trucks by JC Studios. The situation is now under control, but parking or the lack thereof remains critical. If the City would install muni-meters on Avenue M and Avenue J, we would gain a few more parking spaces. However, the lack of enough spaces does not excuse the excessive double parking in our community.

At what point does double parking one’s car on a main avenue become an act of dangerous negligence? When does another driver trying to get around the double-parked car or a pedestrian trying to cross a busy avenue have the right to rant and rave about the discourtesy of double-parked cars? How much worse is it with the proliferation of mini vans in the neighborhood? These minivans are like the proverbial elephant in the living room…they park where they want.

The situation at times on Avenue M is capable of evoking such responses. This situation escalates more often than not. Is it a civic fault for not providing enough municipal parking in the neighborhood? Is it the responsibility of the driver to find a spot, regardless of how close or far? Cars weave up and down Avenue M trying to avoid double-parked cars, if traffic hasn’t been brought to a standstill all together.

As a community, we should be more conscious to avoid this obvious hazard. Take a shopping cart and walk a few more steps. Think of your neighbor the next time you double park.

This is also a problem for the bikers in the Midwood community, whose lives are endangered every time a double-parked driver on a main avenue opens their door streetside without looking.

- Sarah

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Sweet ride

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Spotted around Brooklyn College.

Bike

- Sarah

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Out of Control Car on Ave I

Monday, May 9th, 2011

On Friday:

Two teens were seriously injured when an out-of-control car jumped a curb and smashed through the storefront of a Brooklyn bagel shop Friday.

The youths were standing at the B11 bus stop on McDonald Ave. and Avenue I in Midwood about 3:15 p.m., when a black Nissan Maxima plowed them into a Bagelicious on the corner, police and witnesses said.

“The boy got hit outside and the car was coming inside,” said worker Mamun Alam, 36. “I jumped out of the way. There were people screaming. I saw the boy covered in blood from the head.”

Four others who were inside the packed restaurant were also hurt in the crash.

“She was freaked out,” Alam said of the driver, who rushed to help one of the teens. “She didn’t know what the hell was going on.”

More at NY Daily News, with photos of the damage.

- Sarah

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Speaking of trains…

Friday, May 6th, 2011

According to the Straphanger’s campaign, the B train experienced a steep decline in cleanliness – its cars were 61% clean in 2009, which decreased to 37% clean in 2010.

Train potato?

- Sarah

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Bad news for Q train riders…

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

“The Q train will be going extra slow due to the wicked-dirty pr*n playing on some guy’s Ipad in car 4.”

Another great announcement from @FakeMTA!

- Sarah

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Late Nite Q Disruptions This Week

Monday, April 18th, 2011

The overnight disruptions on the Q line continue this week, same as last week. We’re fine for this weekend though–no shuttle buses!

Q Trains run every 30 minutes between Atlantic Av and Stillwell Av
Nights, 12:15 AM to 5 AM, Tue to Fri, Apr 19 – 22

Trains run in two sections:
1. Between 57 St-7 Av and Pacific St.
2. Between Atlantic and Stillwell Avs.

To continue your trip, walk through the passageway between Pacific St and Atlantic Av.

- Mary

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