While everyone complains about the traffic in Boro Park, Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D, Brooklyn) is doing something about it. Hikind believes one solution would be for stores along the main thoroughfares to begin accepting off-hour deliveries. Rather than having trucks adding to the congestion, this would go a long way to reducing the congestion along 13th, 16th and 18th Avenues during peak traffic hours.
Today, Assemblyman Hikind met with Brooklyn Department of Transportation Commissioner Keith Bray to discuss his solution. The meeting was also attended by Stacey Hodge, DOT Director of Freight Mobility, Transportation and Planning Management, Asheque Rahman, DOT Program Manager, Claudette Workman, Assistant to the Commissioner, and Barry Spitzer, Manager of Community Board 12.
“Everyone agrees that traffic in Boro Park, especially along the main streets, can become nightmarish,” said Assemblyman Hikind. “I had an excellent, productive meeting with Commissioner Bray and his team about possibly offering store owners financial incentives to accept off-hour deliveries. Implementing a program like this, which they currently have in Manhattan, would be a first for the outer boroughs. It would improve the standard of living for everyone in our community—not just the people who live here but also those who are making deliveries because the deliveries would also be faster. It’s a win-win and I look forward to reporting further about our progress. I look forward to working with all elected officials and the Community Board to make the necessary changes that will help alleviate the traffic congestion in the community.”
Photo caption: Assemblyman Hikind, Brooklyn DOT Commissioner Keith Bray and Barry Spitzer, Manager of CB 12.