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May 14, 2012

Will the TDM plan be only a half a plan?

Atlantic Yards Watch

Community groups learned from Empire State Development Corporation CEO Kenneth Adams on May 2 that less than half of the 1,100 parking spaces required for arena patrons in ESDC’s 2006 and 2009 development agreements with Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) would be available at the opening of Barclays Center. FCRC and ESDC appear to believe their Transportation Demand Management (TDM) plan will be effective enough to revise expected demand for arena patron parking on-site down by 50%.

Robust TDM plans include both incentives and disincentives to discourage driving and parking. We’ll know more about the TDM plan for Barclays Center on May 22 when FCRC, its transportation consultant, NYCTA and LIRR present it. But the details of the TDM plan in the 2009 Amended Memorandum of Environmental Commitments include only incentives, and the draft scope of the TDM plan FCRC’s consultant presented to community groups in January did not include some effective disincentives.

Barclays Center still appears to guarantee reserved parking to all suite-holders. Its web site includes the following information on its FAQ page:


Related coverage...

Atlantic Yards Report, About that Transportation Demand Management plan: where will the suiteholders go? Where are the disincentives to drive (as opposed to incentives for public transit)?

After Empire State Development announced that the Block 1129 parking lot would be cut at least in half from 1100 spaces, I asked the agency's Arana Hankin what would happened to the 600 spaces promised (in the Memorandum of Environmental Commitments) for HOV (high-occupancy vehicles) at the Project site.

I got no answer.

Similarly, there's been no public statement about where the suiteholders will park. Have they all be moved to the Atlantic Center/Terminal parking that is closer to the arena?

As noted today on Atlantic Yards Watch, the suites and boxes can hold 1,179 people. In Will the TDM plan be only a half a plan?, Tom Boast points out that Forest City Ratner "has committed to demand management incentives like remote parking lots and free round trip subway fare for Nets games."

What it hasn't committed to are disincentives:
--parking management, via residential parking permits, as in the areas around baseball stadiums in Chicago and Washington, DC
--a parking surcharge, as in the area around the Prudential Center in Newark

Posted by eric at May 14, 2012 4:55 PM