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April 13, 2007

One week later, pols bury Yards tunnel plan

The Brooklyn Papers

Though a couple of the proposals were non-starters, City Council Member David Yassky and State Assembly Member Hakeem Jeffries grabbed some headlines with their Atlantic Yards traffic and transportation fantasy plan:

Two Brooklyn lawmakers have already abandoned their week-old proposal to dig a tunnel under the proposed Atlantic Yards project as a way of fixing the mega-development’s anticipated traffic — a portent of how difficult it will be to find a solution to the coming snarl at the intersection of Flatbush, Atlantic and Fourth avenues.

Councilman David Yassky (D–Brooklyn Heights) and Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D–Prospect Heights) had suggested digging a tunnel below Fifth or Sixth avenues that would run from Flatbush Avenue to north of Atlantic Avenue.

But a spokesman for Yassky (below) said this week that the councilman had already realized that the tunnel was “unrealistic.”

“It would be very costly,” admitted the spokesman Sam Rockwell.
But maybe the lawmakers were thinking too big.

“The point is that there are options that aren’t being discussed,” said Rockwell. “We are advocating for a real discussion that results in significant action.”


NoLandGrab: It's nice that this dynamic duo is trying to think out of the box, but it's just a waste of time when they propose off-the-wall ideas that distract from "a real disussion." They can keep angling for some middle-of-the-road position, but their constitutents really need some leadership to help solve Brooklyn's traffic woes, with or without Atlantic Yards.

Posted by lumi at April 13, 2007 8:29 AM