Sunday, March 17, 2013

Foreshadowing from June 2011: Where would the arena-bound limos park? Schwartz's answer was wishful

I reported 6/15/11 on a forum regarding Atlantic Yards traffic, at a time when the arena was in the midst of construction.

One question hadn't quite been answered: Where would black cars (limousines) for the high-rollers wait?

Forest City Ratner transportation consultant Sam Schwartz said no space has been dedicated. "'No standing' zones will be enforced," he said. "We may decide there is an innocuous location nearby."

The lack of certainty led several people in the audience to express skepticism. They were right.

Schwartz is a private consultant, not a public servant, and he had no reason to presume how the police would deploy their resources. As it has happened, those zones have not been enforced steadily or sufficiently.

The "innocuous locations" have become residential streets.

Yes, there's since been an "innocuous location" established--free space along Atlantic Avenue--but most black cars don't use it, and it likely would be insufficient if they tried.

It was a flaw in the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Schwartz developed, as Gib Veconi of Atlantic Yards Watch wrote last December. It's a flaw still unresolved.

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