Wednesday, July 22, 2009
NYC Transit is proposing to divide the current B61 route into two shorter routes, in order to provide more efficient and convenient bus service for their customers and our constituents. The current B61 route is a long 9.7 mile route which operates between Red Hook, Brooklyn and Queens Plaza, Queens. Splitting the B61 route in Downtown Brooklyn will create two routes, the B61 and B62. Both of these routes would operate with the same total level of service as the current B61 route, but their reliability would increase because of their shorter operating distances. The new southern route, the B61, will travel from the IKEA Terminal in Red Hook to Downtown Brooklyn. NYC Transit is proposing to implement these changes in January 2010.
Click here to download the full, official letter from NYC Transit, with a map of the new routes.
(Please note that those wishing to share their views of this proposal with the MTA Board will have an opportunity to testify on the morning of Monday, July 27, 2009. Details of the hearing are contained in the letter.)
Craig R. Hammerman
Brooklyn Community Board 6
250 Baltic Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201-6401
Serving the neighborhoods of Carroll Gardens/South Brooklyn, Cobble Hill, Columbia Street District, Gowanus, Park Slope and Red Hook
Monday, July 20, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The Port Authority receives almost $11 million to launch clean air strategy at the ports of NY and NJ
A $7 million federal grant will help launch a $28 million program to replace pre-1994 trucks serving the port. The EPA grant money and an additional $21 million incentive fund from The Port Authority of NY & NJ will enable truck owners serving the port to replace their pre-1994 trucks with newer cleaner burning, less polluting vehicles.
About 16 percent of the trucks that frequently call at the port were built before 1994, and they contribute 33 percent of the fine Particulate Matter, 14 percent of the NOx and 10 percent of the Greenhouse Gas emissions each year. The program provides funding to replace an estimated 636 of these older trucks with newer vehicles, resulting in a reduction of approximately 118 tons of NOx, 14 tons of PM2.5, and 1,675 tons of Greenhouse Gases per year.
As mentioned previously, the Port Authority has also been given grants to provide ship-to-shore power connection at the Red Hook Cruise Terminal.
This is obviously good news for our neighborhood. However, the emissions from other vehicles, both land-based and maritime, remain a source of concern, especially if overall traffic volumes increase.
Implementation date is January 2010. This will be presenting this to the Transit Committee of the MTA on Monday, July 27 at 9:30 a.m. at 347 Madison Avenue, 5th floor conference room. Public comments can be made. Email publicservices [a t] cowna.org and your comments will be forwarded.
Monday, July 13, 2009
- Carroll Gardens/Columbia Waterfront rezoning - recap of recent activity, upcoming public hearings.
- Phoenix Beverage.
- Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
A bit of good news:
EPA Announcement: Stimulus Grants for Diesel Emissions Reduction
$2.85 million going to Port Authority to reduce cruise line emissions at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal (plus other projects). (View full press release here).
Thanks in no small part to community advocacy, no doubt. Let's make sure it is spent well.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
More information can be found at the following website:
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Location: Court Room, Second Floor, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201.
The rezoning is item 5 on the agenda. Keep in mind the time required to pass through the security checkpoint at the building.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
The plan in its entirety may be found here:
The effects on our neighborhood are mainly found in the appendixes.