The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council

DOT changes Flatbush signal timing for off-peak safety
Posted: July 19, 2010 - 5:18pm

In response to community requests to control speeding on Flatbush Avenue during off-peak hours, the NYC Department of Transportation recently implemented a “dual progression” pattern in which green lights are staggered, requiring additional stoppages for both directions of travel on Flatbush Avenue between Concord Street and Plaza Street.

The new pattern is in effect during the following off-peak times:

  • Weekdays between 10:15 AM and 1:15 PM
  • Weeknights between 8:30 PM and 5:30 AM.
  • Weekends between 1:45 AM and 6:15 AM

This “dual progression” pattern encourages vehicles to travel at or below the speed limit in both directions at times when traffic volumes are lowest. It replaces a “simultaneous progression” pattern, under which an entire series of lights is synchronized to be green during the same time. The “simultaneous progression” pattern remains in place during peak congestion times on Flatbush Avenue to maximize traffic flow. DOT has also made changes to intersection signals to provide additional side street green time and walking time across Flatbush Avenue where possible. In many cases, DOT reallocated time from the Walk Phase (white walking figure) to the flashing Don’t Walk Phase (flashing orange hand) for both the side street and Flatbush Avenue crossings. This change improves safety by providing crossing pedestrians with additional warning time that the light will change.