Greenfield: Extend HOV Lanes to Prospect Expwy


In response to the daily traffic delays and long travel times into Manhattan, Councilman David Greenfield has asked the state to install High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes at the entrance to the Prospect Expressway. HOV lanes, exclusively for vehicles with passengers in addition to the driver, buses, motorcycles, emergency vehicles and taxis, can reduce travel time significantly.

At present, HOV lanes begin at the Gowanus Expressway. However, for many drivers, the slowest portion of the trip is the two-mile stretch from where Ocean Parkway becomes the Prospect Expressway to where it merges with the Gowanus Expressway at Third Avenue.

Greenfield, a Brooklyn Democrat, asked state Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald to look into installing HOV lanes along the Prospect Expressway, a state roadway.

“I know that many Brooklyn residents dread the thought of having to sit in traffic along the Prospect Expressway each morning and afternoon,” Greenfield said, calling HOV lanes a “simple and cost-effective solution.” Greenfield hopes to work with state and city agencies on other roadway improvements as well.

The city’s four HOV zones are at the Manhattan Bridge, the Long Island Expressway leading to the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, the Manhattan-bound Queensboro Bridge and the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel approach on the Gowanus Expressway. Each set of HOV lanes has its own occupancy requirements and hours of operation.