In Plan For Barclays Center, Parking Slashed By Half

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Barclays Center is undergoing construction. It is slated to open in the fall. (Fred Mogul/WNYC)

You’ll want to think twice, or maybe even a third time, before deciding to drive to Barclays Arena when it opens on September 28. The parking plan for Barclays is being cut from 1,000 to 541 spots.

"We're going to reduce the number of cars coming to the arena," consultant Sam Schwartz explained. "That's our mantra."  

He presented the traffic management plan at a public hearing in Downtown Brooklyn Tuesday evening. 

Ticket-holders will be urged to arrive by Long Island Railroad or one of the eleven subway lines that meet beneath the arena. Schwartz added another way of keeping vehicles out of the heavily congested area will be to encourage drivers to park at a half-priced lot a mile away near the BQE, and take a free shuttle bus.

The plan also calls for HOV spaces for cars with three or more people. And if drivers want to park near the arena, they'll be encouraged to go online and pay for a reserved spot at lot or garage before leaving home. Schwartz said that should cut down on drivers circling the area while deciding where to park. And the plan offers yet another incentive to leave the motorized vehicle at home: 400 bicycle parking spots.

Despite such measures, car owners who live near Barclays still worry that people driving in to attend a Nets game or concert will take up all the street parking spots in nearby neighborhoods, especially now that the Schwartz plan seeks to slash the number of spots at the arena.

Those residents learned that the city won't be granting their request for residential parking permits any time soon. The Department of Transportation's Christopher Hrones said his agency is still studying the issue.

"We're not in a position, for several reasons, to have a residential parking permit in place when the arena opens on September 28th," he said. He added that even if the city were to approve a residential parking permit program, it would also need permission from the state, and that takes time.

The arena's traffic management plan now enters a 30-day public review period.


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Comments [4]


So if you live outside of NYC and are thinking about coming to Barclay's
via car, dont bother. Not a very user friendly place if you have to use a car. You got along just fine without me until now and will likely do so
in the future. Good luck with your locals only crowd.

Aug. 01 2012 10:52 PM
HipHopSays from Fort Greene/Clinton Hill

I am not surprised in the downgrade in slots...the arena was forced on the community despite its objection and now the community will bear the brunt of the ill conceived traffic plan. So, the folks from the surrounding 'burbs (ie: nj, long island) who can afford the luxury of the arena will want to park and ride into atlantic terminal because of why (again)? I suspect for those coming in from long island they will need to go into Penn Station and then back out to Atlantic Terminal (as versus just driving their car)... and for the NJ folks they will drive into Manhattan to pay overpriced parking to get the subway out to the arena. Both L.I. and NJ transit are not well equipped to make public transpo a serious option to warrant the downgrade...

so downgrade in promised housing stock, parking spaces....what's next the number of 'jobs'.

May. 23 2012 01:42 PM
clive betters

what a catch 22 problem. you don't want cars in the area to begin with,[i wouldn't want them]. yet, people are going to drive to it anyway, to get to this money pit boondoggle. oh i forgot,all those wonderful career making seasonal hot dog/sushi vendor jobs that will be openning up,how short sided of me.....

May. 23 2012 12:22 PM
Michael from in NYC paying taxes everyday

The elite of western Brooklyn continue to push the residential parking
permits for city streets. Streets paid for by NYC sales tax collection,
which does not ask you locale of residence when the cashier collects the tax revenue. NYC Sales tax is paid by 99.99%. People of downtown Brooklyn, please realize it is a city street where you park your car, anybody can
park on a city street! If you want a parking spot and high taxes, move to
Nassau County.

May. 23 2012 10:24 AM

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