A Queens, NY Community Board Votes Down proposed DOT Bus Lane

Community Board 5 rejected the Department of Transportation’s plan for a part-time, south-bound lane along Fresh Pond Road in Ridgewood — overruling the board’s own Transportation Committee, which approved the lane from Bleeker Street to Putnam Avenue on June 18.

The DOT says the lane would help traffic flow along the route by consolidating several bus stops and retiming traffic signals. It also includes amenities for businesses, such as several loading zones. But it would also require the city to repurpose some curb space in the public right of way — which many drivers believe exists for the storage of their private property — for buses. To make up for that the city proposed adding two-hour metered parking on several side streets, including Grove and Palmetto.