In Brooklyn native Woody Allens most revered film, Annie Hall, there appears a scene relevant to the state of Brooklyn today. The popular scene shows a depressed young boy and his mother at a doctors office in Brooklyn. The neurotic boy tells the doctor he is afraid of the world ending because the universe is expanding. His mother responds: What has the universe got to do with it? Youre here in Brooklyn. Brooklyn is not expanding.However Brooklyn, in some ways, is expanding, according to the Southern Brooklyn Transportation Investment Study (TIS), which predicts significant increases in traffic and congestion by the year 2025.The study is an effort to assess both the current and future travel conditions in Southern Brooklyn and is being conducted by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC)a not-for-profit organization. Another goal of TIS is to develop solutions to improve transportation in this area.Under review are the areas of Southern Brooklyn as far south as Coney Island; as far west as Shore Parkway; as far north as Linden Boulevard, Caton Avenue, Fort Hamilton Parkway and 66th Street at Owls Head Park; and as far east as the Queens border. These areas are represented by Community Boards 5 and 9-18.The most recent TIS presentation, Community Liaison Meeting 10, addressed study results of traffic data and offered some recommendations, yet left many community liaisons longing for more information.More than 20 liaisons attended the January 19 meeting at the Borough Presidents Conference Room at Borough Hall. Those in attendance included: the Port Authority, EMS and Fire Department, the Department of City Planning, the Brooklyn Borough Presidents Office and approximately six people from Concerned Citizens of Bensonhurst.An analysis of the data presented in the TIS report showed that traffic is on the rise and congestion and longer commutes are to be expected.Vehicle trips throughout all of Brooklyn are expected to rise 7.6 percent during the morning peak period (6 a.m. to10 a.m.) by 2025, according to Irving Perlman, senior engineering manager for Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade and Douglas, Inc. His company is leading the TIS consulting team.The base year for this study is 2002 and the future baseline year for all data is 2025.Nighttime trips throughout Brooklyn are expected to increase 6.4 percent, less than the morning commute. However the nightly peak period (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.) averages close to 190,000 more vehicle trips than the morning peak period.The study also accounted for Alternative Land Use (ALU)the application of additional growth in downtown Brooklyn to Southern Brooklynthough the results of ALU for the increase in vehicle trips countywide are nominal.Br
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