Brian Ketchum, an urban-planning consultant who has studied the plan, estimates it would create another 54,000 subway trips, 17,000 bus trips and 40,800 car trips - and claims that the borough's infrastructure isn't ready to handle it.
He also says that most of the extra trips would come from people living in the new residential units and that less than 20 percent would be related to arena events.
But don't worry, Marty says Bruce has a plan:
Markowitz says he believes Ratner will do what's needed to make sure roads in surrounding neighborhoods like Prospect Heights and Fort Greene aren't flooded with more traffic, such as creating financial incentives for people to use mass transit to get to games.
Local activist and long-time resident Patti Hagan states the obvious:
"The area is already jammed with traffic daily, and adding 20,000 more permanent residents" and another 18,000 "on game days would just make the gridlock even more unbearable."
NoLandGrab: It's not clear where the list of traffic mitigations in the graphic are coming from. The third one is plain silly and unworkable. Many traffic and transportation advocates warn that all off the above are just lip service unless residential parking permits are implemented.
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