DOT pilot program to ease congestion to shut down parts of Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn
A new pilot program is hoping to ease congestion and improve bus speeds in Downtown Brooklyn.
It got underway at 7 a.m. Monday andl shut down Jay Street between Tillary and Livingston streets.
It will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with only buses, trucks and bicycles allowed to enter Jay Street from north to south between Tillary and Livingston streets.
There will be local access from east to west at Johnson Street, Metrotech Roadway and Willoughby Street.
The Department of Transportation says the stretch of roadway has seven different bus routes with an estimated 46,000 passengers traveling through there. The DOT says this area is often congested and it creates a bottleneck for buses. It says this will improve bus times, but also make it safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.
This is likely going to lead to a buildup of traffic on other streets like Flatbush Avenue and Adams Street.