With the region in recovery from Hurricane Sandy, New Yorkers are starting to return to their offices, despite the fact that city subways and commuter rail lines are not at full capacity. For many, that has meant biking or walking, while others are taking the “bus bridge” between Brooklyn and Manhattan. While the MTA and NYCDOT are doing their best to get New Yorkers where they need to go, commuters are facing serious challenges getting to work. These troubles lay bare the importance of public transportation, safe walking infrastructure, and safe cycling infrastructure to tri-state area commuters, drivers included. Here are a few of the scenes.
The line for the Brooklyn-Manhattan bus at the Barclays Center was long. Very long (this isn’t all of it):
Congestion on Brooklyn’s Vanderbilt Avenue was bad this morning:
Traffic in Downtown Brooklyn:
BrooklynSpoke estimated that cyclist traffic appeared to be about three or four times the Manhattan Bridge standard today. Transportation Alternatives has been out helping bike commuters:
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On Prince Street, there were virtually no cars, just bikes and pedestrians:
And something we thought we’d never see…the New Jersey Turnpike appeared to be empty: