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Plans Unveiled for New York City's First 'Transitway'

The New York City Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Transit Authority unveiled the city's current Bus Rapid Transit program earlier this week, including a project that would "redefine the public realm" on Manhattan's 34th Street.

The 34th Street "Transitway" would direct all private vehicles away from the Central Business District while dedicating an entire block to buses and pedestrian plazas. The project would also link to new East River ferry service.

"DOT will repave and restripe for five lanes between Third and Ninth Avenues by the end of this year, with painted bus lanes on the north and south sides and three auto lanes in the center. Service hours will also be extended. Phase 2 calls for a 34th Street Transitway, closing the street to cars between Fifth and Sixth and installing pedestrian plazas. On either side of that block, there would be two lanes for cars heading in one direction -- toward the rivers -- while on the other half of the street, buses would have two extra-wide lanes separated from traffic. In other words, buses would constitute the only through traffic on 34th Street. According to Sadik-Khan, 34th Street BRT will eventually tie in to new East River ferry service (details to be announced next week)."

Thanks to Streetsblog

Full Story: A Transit Miracle on 34th Street

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