Prospect Heights

Flatbush Ave. bus lane redesign moving forward

June 21, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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PROSPECT HEIGHTS — THE CITY DEPARTMENT of Transportation on Wednesday announced that next summer, a long-discussed plan to turn car lanes on part of Flatbush Avenue into bus-only lanes will finally be realized, reports Gothamist. Two traffic lanes will be converted between Grand Army Plaza and Livingston Street, where an estimated 70,000 daily bus commuters ride through what the department says is one of the most congested — and slow — transit corridors in Brooklyn. The DOT introduced three different potential redesigns: the first, with four traffic lanes, would place the bus lanes in the center of the street along with concrete islands; the second, with three traffic lanes, would eliminate parking during commuter hours in favor of curbside buses; while the third, with two traffic lanes, would allow for curbside parking next to the bus lanes.

The DOT plans to do public outreach and collect traffic data throughout the next year to inform its final decision. The department also says it is working on traffic mitigation and bus lane plans for Grand Army Plaza’s traffic circle and southern Flatbush Avenue between Grand Army Plaza and Kings Plaza.

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