Here is news on local transportation issues related to Koppell's district.
Council Member Oliver Koppell announced that, at his request, the Department of Transportation (DOT) is making a number of changes and improvements in the district that will provide greater safety and convenience for his constituents.
Among these, is the extension of the school bus loading and unloading zone on the south side of West 236th Street between Douglas and Independence Avenues. An increase in the number of students arriving and departing from PS 24 and MS/HS 141 at the same time requires space for additional buses to load and unload in order to relieve crowding. The DOT agreed to extend the No Standing 7 A.M to 4 PM School Days signage 40 feet to accommodate the extra buses.
Also, at Koppell’s request, the DOT agreed to install two bus shelters to provide seating for riders and protect them from inclement weather. A new bus shelter will be installed on the southwest corner of Bedford Park Boulevard and Jerome Avenue and the second is currently being reinstalled on the southeast corner of Paul Avenue and West 205th Street.
Additionally, Koppell was successful in convincing DOT to remove the No Parking 7AM to 7 PM Monday thru Friday signage on Exterior Street, where the parking prohibition is hurting business and which is no longer needed.
Lastly, the large potholes on the Henry Hudson Parkway service road between West 231st and West 232nd Streets, that Koppell asked to be repaired, were fixed at the beginning of November.
“I am grateful that DOT has responded to the needs of my district and is taking the steps necessary to improve conditions for residents in the area, Koppell said.