Tuesday, August 14, 2012

When is final Transportation Demand Management Plan coming? It was due in the "beginning of August"

The Transportation Demand Management (TDM) plan for the Barclays Center, aiming to dissuade driving and stress use of public transportation, was delayed for months, with a draft initially due last December but issued only in May.

So maybe it's not surprising that the final TDM plan is a week or two late. A message from Arana Hankin, Director, Atlantic Yards Project, for Empire State Development (ESD) promised an early August release:
The public has until July 3, 2012 to submit comments and questions on the draft TDM Plan to AtlanticYards@esd.ny.gov. ESD will coordinate with other agencies to compile responses to all questions and will post the final TDM Plan along with responses to all questions by the beginning of August.
We're just about two weeks into August by now, so I checked yesterday with Hankin about the timetable.

I haven't heard back yet. Hankin said this morning the TDM plan may be posted today.

Why the delay?

I can only speculate on the reasons for the delay, but one might be this: they don't want to release a final plan while the BarclaysParking.com web site still isn't ready for arena-goers to use for prepaid parking.

Last May, I pointed out that the TDM plan was initially due six months earlier, and asked Forest City Ratner consultant Sam Schwartz why it was delayed.

“I don’t see this as being delayed," Schwartz replied. "I see this as being very timely. A lot of work went into it in the past year. Doing it 130, 140 days before we even have a concert at the arena is a reasonable time to get all of our ducks in a row. And in fact, the participation of the MTA administration, all of their divisions, the participation of the Police Department, the DOT, has been key to this. So I don’t find this not to be timely at all."

Well, not all the ducks were in a row, apparently.

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