NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A brand new bus lane on Woodhaven Boulevard is inflicting a visitors nightmare.
Drivers stated their rush hour commutes have almost doubled because the change.
Automobiles have been backed up for miles on Woodhaven Boulevard on Tuesday night time, and drivers say it’s being brought on by the choose new bus service.
One lane of visitors is now for buses solely — no automobiles allowed.
Indignant tweets inform the story.
“Simply say what you actually need Mr. Mayor, ‘automotive zero’ not Imaginative and prescient Zero with the 24-7 bus lane on Woodhaven Blvd,” fumed Gerard Angelastro.
“Nice going DOT and DDC for designing a bus lane in the midst of Woodhaven Blvd! The quantity of visitors is insane! 20 min drive into 1 hour,” tweeted Anthony Jo Rozza.
Even throughout noon when visitors is lighter there have been loads of drivers who weren’t happy that the brand new 14.7 mile route creates a particular bus lane shrinking the area for automobiles on the one north-south artery in Queens.
“I feel it’s horrible. There’s much more visitors as a result of they narrowed every little thing, completely ridiculous,” one driver stated.
“It’s the primary day. To date it’s been okay, on the best way house I’ll see the way it’s gonna be. That’s when visitors is worse,” Joanne Grogan stated.
Gus Karasakalides referred to as it ‘very harmful.’
“It impedes your area. You can also make turns, pressured to go straight, creates extra visitors,” he stated.
Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg defended the brand new route which she stated will present forty,000 bus riders with quicker rides and connections to subway and the Lengthy Island Rail Street, and can reduce down on accidents and fatalities.
“We’ve got spent two years doing the planning, the engineering, and the group work on this,” Trottenberg stated, ” So to begin with we would like individuals to provide it somewhat probability to settle in. It was a tremendously congested roadway earlier than, nevertheless it had one other drawback — it was one of many deadliest roadways within the metropolis.”
Trottenberg stated the transfer was made rigorously.
“We didn’t take away a lane of visitors in every course. We did some fairly difficult engineering alongside the 15 miles of the route. We did two years of visitors research,” she stated.
Trottenberg stated the DOT redesigned the pinch factors and corridors within the hope of making three lanes of visitors that transfer. The issue is in rush hour it doesn’t.
There are individuals who say it has added an hour to their commute.
“We’ve been on the market. I don’t assume it’s inflicting an hour’s delay,”…