2010-06-10 / Other News

Changes In Store For Local Thoroughfares & B82 Bus

By Dara Mormile

Residents eager to speed up their rush hour commute will be pleased to know that the B82 bus will soon be making express stops throughout Brooklyn during peak hours. The transit update was presented at this month’s United Canarsie South Civic Association (UCSCA) meeting Tuesday evening.

“The B82 serves over 28,000 customers between Seaview Avenue in Starrett City and Cropsey Avenue in Bensonhurst,” said UCSCA president Neal Duncan, who read excerpts from a recent Department of Transportation (DOT) press release. “Ridership has increased over the year and by making express stops, it will help residents get to where they have to go faster and give them the option to take another bus.”

Locally, express stops will include the Rockaway Parkway subway station, Remsen Avenue, East 80th Street and Ralph Avenue.

Another issue discussed was how local streets will soon undergo changes by the DOT. Some were briefly explained at the meeting, which took place at the Hebrew Educational Society.

A new project will expand and extend bicycle lanes throughout Brooklyn. Canarsie will be included as a termination route for one of the various paths.

“They’re going to make paths that cut through East 94th Street and Seaview Avenue, down St. Jude’s Place toward Canarsie Road and Rockaway Parkway, then it will lead into Canarsie Pier,” said Duncan.

According to Duncan, who read the expected changes from the DOT press release sent to Community Board 18, streets will not lose parking spaces as a result of the bike paths.

“The DOT also plans on making Rockaway Parkway smaller and adding wider islands,” he said. “Their claim is that creating bike paths will improve safety for pedestrians. This reconstruction is expected to start in October and will reorganize all the street space.”

UCSCA vice president Lenny Fogel was irate over the fact that none of the planned changes were presented to the community prior to the press release being sent to local organizations.

“This is terrible,” he said. “They’ve made all these decisions without input from the community.”

Fogel made an announcement that the UCSCA is forming a committee within their organization called the Canarsie Observation Patrol.

“We’re looking for volunteers to help us address quality of life issues and let us know about safety in the community,” he said. “One of the things we’ve been trying to push for is a committee to spend more time looking at the pier and how to present ideas to Gateway on making improvements.”

For more information on the DOT’s plans, residents are encouraged to attend Community Board 18’s meeting next Wednesday, June 16, at 8 p.m. in the Kings Plaza Community Room.

Duncan also said that if residents are interested in discussing quality of life issues, they should attend the June 29th 69th Precinct Community Council meeting at 7: 30 p.m. in St. Alban’s Church, Farragut Road and East 94 Street.

The UCSCA will be on summer hiatus until September.

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