City to conduct study on traffic, transportation in Greenpoint and Williamsburg

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WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn —New York City will be conducting a study to look at all transportation and traffic issues in sections of Brooklyn, city councilmembers announced in a press conference in Williamsburg Tuesday.

After years of hearing complaints and anecdotal evidence about traffic issues, the city administration is spending $500,000 to fund a comprehensive traffic study in Greenpoint and Williamsburg.

"Residents have been asking for this kind of study for years. This neighborhood has changed in recent years and our approach to congestion and mobility needs to evolve with it for us to meet the needs of everyone in the community,” Council Member Stephen Levin said.

The proposed study area is bounded by Newtown Creek to the north and east, Flushing Avenue and Broadway to the south and the East River to the west. It will collect data on traffic, turning and pedestrian counts at major corridors and intersections throughout the study area and will be coordinated with the Department of City Planning, which is preparing the North Brooklyn Industry and Innovation Plan.

“North Brooklyn residents have been asking for a comprehensive transportation study for years, so I’m very pleased to see this project finally beginning,” Council Member Antonio Reynoso said.

“We have many issues that need to be addressed, including truck traffic, crowded trains, and a constantly growing population without associated infrastructure improvements."

As part of public outreach, DOT has established a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) that includes local elected officials, Community Board 1, Department of City Planning (DCP), New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), New York City Transit (NYCT), Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), and New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC). Local community members will also be able to participate through a minimum of three public meetings, which will be held corresponding to study milestones.