Monday, April 30, 2012

Reporter tests route from Jersey to Brooklyn; results may vary after arena opens

The (Bergen) Record's John Brennan decided to test the route from longtime New Jersey Nets territory to the team's new home in Brooklyn.

Turns out that, after leaving at 5:10 pm from Paramus, he and a photographer managed to make it to Brooklyn, park, and be outside the arena at 6:30 pm—"a full hour before our imaginary tipoff and, frankly, a lot sooner than we expected."

He recognized, however, several caveats:
  • traffic will be a lot worse on a real game night
  • parking costs will rise
  • the "4,400 spaces" that the Nets say are within an “8 to 10 block radius” of the arena may be filled by others.
I'd add that the team has not exactly identified those spaces, as the long-promised Transportation Demand Management plan has been delayed yet again, until May 22.

Brennan noted that public transportation would take less than 90 minutes each way. Right now, that looks more costly--$12.50 each, plus $7 for parking--but I suspect it would be cheaper after parking prices in Brooklyn rise.

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