A lot of the stores get a lot of their business from motorists making brief stops. When they run the risk of getting ticketed because there's no place to park, the motorists look elsewhere to shop. It doesn't seem to affect the businesses on Flatbush Avenue, and there are limited places to park (legally) there. I added the term legally because double-parking and people who sit in their vehicle while someone runs in really quickly is a constant problem on Flatbush especially between Empire Boulevard and the Junction. I don't think enough of those motorists are getting ticketed because they are not being deterred from doing it. This "reconfiguring" is a big waste of money. We need fewer of these grand designs and more competent attention to the condition of our city's roads. The Dollar vans are essential to the residents of East Flatbush and other southern neighborhoods, getting people back home far more quickly than even express buses can. And when all is said and done, the SBS buses will zip along, sort of, the DOT and the MTA will trumpet all sorts of glorious statistics, and the local buses will lumber along and anyone not living near or going to an SBS stop will still be taking a slow boat to China.
The slowness of the buses probably contribute to the popularity of the dollar vans. If the buses (local and Limited) were actually to run on time, maybe there wouldn't be a need or a demand for the dollar vans. I have an unlimited Metrocard. I'm inclined to shell out the additional cash to use a dollar van when I've already made the investment in an unlimited Metrocard....unless the bus is really late and I'm really desperate. Therefore, I'd rather see the buses operate faster and more efficiently. I've utilized the B44 SBS. It seems to be what the Limited should have been but failed to be in terms of operating efficiently. Expanding SBS service is a good idea. I admit to have a slight bias because I live off what would be a stop on a Limited or SBS run. I do acknowledge that you have a point that service among the local buses seem to be really slow.
This "reconfiguring" is a big waste of money. We need fewer of these grand designs and more competent attention to the condition of our city's roads. The Dollar vans are essential to the residents of East Flatbush and other southern neighborhoods, getting people back home far more quickly than even express buses can. And when all is said and done, the SBS buses will zip along, sort of, the DOT and the MTA will trumpet all sorts of glorious statistics, and the local buses will lumber along and anyone not living near or going to an SBS stop will still be taking a slow boat to China.
One of the points I'm making is that the street surfaces are atrocious and this is one of the limiting factors when it comes to speed of any bus. The DOT and MTA should be pushing first for high quality roadbeds and paving to see what that effect will have. The bumped out corners only limit the speed at which the buses can run because it is harder to maneuver out of those spaces than it is from a normal bus stop. The MTA/DOT trumpets the speed of the SBS buses, but conveniently neglects to time the local buses and the (in)frequency with which they run. One of the primary factors that slows down bus service is the fact that they are so overcrowded. It simply takes a lot longer to board and discharge passengers when a bus is chock full of people, even more so when passengers are elderly, infirm, or carrying packages. Perhaps the world along Nostrand Ave is vastly different, but when I got on the 34th St bus in Manhattan, it was not the dipping of Metro cards that took all the time, it was much more the crowding of people like sardines that made each stop an adventure. By the way, whynot, have you been frequently taking the SBS on Fordham Road and doing your shopping there? What's the local service like there? Many people actually have to use the local. In any case, what do the Nostrand Ave. merchants actually think has been happening to their business lately?
So, for example, every SBS stop has a nice cover so you can at least attempt to shield yourself from the rain.
Not at the NB B44 SBS stop at the Junction.
Young single, healthy people who despise older people with families eventually become them.
Sorry, Mike, but you and your cohorts are not the slightest bit concerned with the safety of the elderly. That is your smokescreen to promote your hippy-dippy crusades against all motor vehicles in the city. By the way, many of those deaths are caused by trucks and buses. With what do you propose to replace THESE vehicles? Bicycle delivery?
There's got to be some other major first world cities with lower pedestrian fatality rates that also have their fair share of trucks and buses on the street. Can't we just copy their traffic policies and street designs and achieve the same results?We don't need to reinvent the wheel here, we just need to steal the best ideas and be willing to adapt.
as the city has gone into overdrive with "traffic calming" measures the number of pedestrians killed has actually INCREASED each year since 2011.
This article states we had more injuries in 2013 than we had since 2008.http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/28/opinion/the-mean-streets-of-new-york.html
2013 may have been a statistical outlier.
"The number of tickets written for drivers failing to yield has shot up by 115% since Jan. 1, compared with the same span last year — from 4,719 to 10,150, the NYPD said. The number of tickets for speeding are up 15% to 34,296 so far this year from 29,921. Arrests for DWI have increased by 6% from 3,955 to 4,197."
As a car-owning resident ....
Now, with the redesign, if one somehow gets the chance to move any faster than 25mph, nope; it is taken way.