Monday, May 14, 2012

About that Transportation Demand Management plan: where will the suiteholders go? Where are the disincentives to drive (as opposed to incentives for public transit)?

After Empire State Development announced that the Block 1129 parking lot would be cut at least in half from 1100 spaces, I asked the agency's Arana Hankin what would happened to the 600 spaces promised (in the Memorandum of Environmental Commitments) for HOV (high-occupancy vehicles) at the Project site.

I got no answer.

Similarly, there's been no public statement about where the suiteholders will park. Have they all be moved to the Atlantic Center/Terminal parking that is closer to the arena?

As noted today on Atlantic Yards Watch, the suites and boxes can hold 1,179 people. In Will the TDM plan be only a half a plan?, Tom Boast points out that Forest City Ratner "has committed to demand management incentives like remote parking lots and free round trip subway fare for Nets games."

What it hasn't committed to are disincentives:
--parking management, via residential parking permits, as in the areas around baseball stadiums in Chicago and Washington, DC
--a parking surcharge, as in the area around the Prudential Center in Newark

Read more at AY Watch.

Waiting for the meeting

Boast concludes:
Unlike the incentives expected to make up the Atlantic Yards TDM plan which can be implemented unilaterally by FCRC, disincentives would require action by State and City government. Unfortunately, State and City legislatures and Departments of Transportation have been largely out of the loop with respect to demand management strategies for Atlantic Yards, whose traffic planning has been almost wholly privately contracted by FCRC to Sam Schwarz Engineering. Now, with less than six months remaining until the opening of Barclays Center, the people of Brooklyn will likely be asked on May 22 to accept a TDM plan that contains only a portion of the available strategies: all incentives and no disincentives.

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