Gowanus Chicanery: Highway Exempted from Federal Study Requirements
NYMTC, a regional government transportation planning group, voted over the objections of Brooklyn Borough President Howard Golden, T.A., the Gowanus Community Coalition, and the Tri-State Transportation Campaign (TSTC), to exempt the Gowanus highway rebuild project from Federal requirements for a cost benefit analysis. At a heated December meeting, the citizens groups called for NYMTC and the State DoT to obey Federal law and stop the backroom politicking that characterizes NY highway projects.
Frustrated by near criminal neglect, T.A. and the TSTC are pondering a lawsuit to force NYMTC and the Federal Highway Administration to explain how and why they've exempted the Gowanus and the $500 million expansion of the 1-287 Cross Westchester Expressway.
AAA Included, Citizens Excluded
The American Automobile Association has been attending special Gowanus planning meetings that community groups like the Gowanus Coalition have been deliberately excluded from. State DoT Spokesperson Sonya Rivers says that AAA represents "road users," making clear that the state priority is motoring over the community.
Sunset Boulevard and Light Rail: How Much Would It Cost
T.A. has proposed that a light rail line and surface boulevard be given serious consideration. T.A. asked transportation engineer George Haikalis to make an estimate of what it would cost to build a light rail/boulevard alternative. Shown at right is a rough estimate of the cost of tearing down the Gowanus Expressway and replacing it with a six-lane, at-grade highway and a two-track light rail line.