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Now You Know: That Far Right-Hand Lane on Grand Army Plaza

It pulls you off to the side, then puts you back on the main drag. What's the point? The DOT explains.

You're driving on Grand Army Plaza and you see a sign "Vanderbilt Avenue Only" and pointing to the right-hand lane. 

That's where you're going, so you pull in, only to drive a few hundred yards and be emptied back out onto the main drag. You might as well have stayed in your original lane.

So what's the deal?

We asked the Department of Transportation, and here's what they said: The far right-hand lane was added for special parking needs, such as for Farmers Market vendors to park on Saturdays. For anyone else it serves no purpose.

The sign refers to the second lane from the right, which feeds onto Vanderbilt.

The lane change was made during over the summer, which also included new crosswalks, a bike path and an additional traffic light.

Robert January 30, 2012 at 10:48 PM
another Boomberg traffic folly... It seems like Park Slope is the epicenter of his stupidity. Forget the bike lane battles... although the circle is now easier for the faint of heart when you go from Eastern Pky to PPW but it is still a mess. Anyone who sits there for a 1/2 hour (or drives it regularly) would see how easy it would be to really improve it. Narrowing lanes and giving no room to maneuver in a double circle with approximately 20 traffic light control zones has brought traffic to a standstill most of the time. But that is his strategy, a stationary car cannot hit a pedestrian...
Gretchen January 31, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Grand Army Plaza is so much better now. As a driver and pedestrian, it makes more sense. I don't know if anyone could fix that mess 100% short of banning cars completely, but this is a huge improvement.
Chicken Underwear January 31, 2012 at 11:43 AM
I have found that it moves faster and i feel safer. Driving. Walking. Biking.
Jonathan Kay January 31, 2012 at 04:07 PM
It seems like the next logical step for GAP would be to coordinate pedestrian walking signals. They are truly out of whack. Even just walking from BPL to the Greenmarket/entrance to Prospect Park can take minutes.
KLPBklyn February 01, 2012 at 12:04 AM
"Vanderbilt Avenue Only" and pointing to the right-hand lane needs to be better labelled. I see many close calls on a daily basis. Cars in the lane do not yield. Some are using it as a way to pass on the right the other cars waiting at the red light. The DOT needs to come back and reassess this as well as the pedestrian crossing from the Central Library to Prospect Park. Aside from these mistakes, this summer's improvements do make Grand Army Plaza more accessible to pedestrians.
Gregg February 15, 2012 at 11:27 AM
The biggest problem remains the coordinating of the crosswalk lights. How is it "safer" to get stranded on the middle island of several lanes of traffic? This would seem a no-brainer.

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