Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Sign the Petition

The SBRWA has created an online petition so that you can show your support for alternative 1E! Alternative 1E is currently being evaluated by the NYSDOT and decommissions the Sheridan Expressway, which would open up 28 acres of land to be developed as envisioned by the New Community on the Sheridan Plan. The other alternative being evaluated, 2E, retains the Sheridan.

Both plans feature new ramps at Oak Point freight yard that connect the Bruckner Expressway to Hunts Point. These ramps would take trucks off local streets by creating a direct exit into Hunts Point and further erase the need for the Sheridan. Both alternatives will provide a direct route to the Hunts Point Markets, but only 1E creates room for housing, open space, and businesses, whereas 2E keeps the 'highway to nowhere' there forever.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Cross Bronx is slowest route in the US

Last week, the New York Post quoted that a study done by INRIX, a traffic research firm, said that the Cross Bronx Expressway is the slowest route in the United States. The Cross Bronx has four of the country's eleven worst bottlenecks; the third worst being where the Cross Bronx meets the Sheridan.

Adopting the New Community on the Sheridan Plan and taking out the Sheridan Expressway would reduce traffic congestion in the area and also open up that land for economic redevelopment. The finding by INRIX underscores the need to rethink our transportation system. The New Community Plan provides a plan for much-needed economic development while improving traffic flow and providing transportation alternatives! The Sheridan lands are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.. let's make sure that what happens there benefits the South Bronx.