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August 21, 2008

60,000 vehicles daily at Flatbush and Atlantic? A closer look

Atlantic Yards Report

A couple of AYR readers yesterday were taken aback by the claim, on the Barclays Center web site, that 60,000 vehicles pass (or will pass) daily through the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic avenues, thus providing a prime location for the Jones Soda Stoop & Adjacent Terrace.

Do 60,000 vehicles really pass through that intersection now--or would they do so later? The short answer is that evidence is inconclusive, since the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), in the Final Environmental Impact Statement, didn't aim at cumulative vehicle counts but rather at whether traffic during peak hours could be mitigated. (Answer: traffic at a.m. peak hours would have significant impacts at 11 intersections even after mitigation efforts.)

Norman Oder examines why it's so difficult to nail down the increase in daily traffic counts for the intersection of Atlantic, Flatbush and 4th Avenues, which some consultants claim are lowballed, and why the web site for the Barclays Center would even tout the number of cars travelling through what is widely considered to be the worst intersection in Brooklyn.

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Posted by lumi at August 21, 2008 5:49 AM