August 30, 2011
MTA agrees to remove coffin-like bollards outside Atlantic Terminal, says replacements less intrusive (maybe also to accommodate larger crowds?)
Atlantic Yards Report
In Bollard backtrack! MTA reverses course on Atlantic Terminal security sarcophagi, the Brooklyn Paper has a scoop:
The MTA has agreed to tear out the massive granite barricades ringing the Long Island Rail Road’s Atlantic Terminal, finally admitting that the concrete coffins at the borough’s largest transit hub were excessive and ugly.
I suspect there's another reason for the bollard switch: by eliminating wide bollards that slow people down but don't add significant safety regarding vehicle intrusion, travelers will be able to get into and out from the station much faster.
And that would be necessary to accommodate those visiting the nearby arena scheduled to open in about a year.
Note that smaller metal bollards are also planned for the perimeter of the Atlantic Yards arena site.
Posted by eric at August 30, 2011 12:30 PM