President Obama is scheduled to address students Friday at Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH), a full two miles from Prospect Park. And yet, the park announced via its website that it will be shut during the President’s visit. There are also scheduled service changes to bus routes in the area, according to the MTA.
On Tuesday, there were sightings of helicopters taking off and landing the park (swag), a sign that the President might be using the park as a landing strip for his visit (swag swag).
Aside from the park shutdown, there will be an impact on the surrounding roads. His visit will likely also snarl traffic in the area. MTA Spokesperson Deirdre Parker tells Runnin’ Scared that the B15, B43, and B65 buses will be rerouted Friday afternoon.
Parker notes that other bus lines might be affected even if there is no formal detour plan for them.
“There are no planned detours on the B12, B16, B44, B45, and B49. However, those routes may experience delays from Prospect Park to Bergen Street between Albany and Troy avenues during the motorcade procession,” explains Parker.
Check the MTA’s website for updates regarding affected bus lines.
Given how dramatically several of Obama’s previous visits to the city have affected above- and below-ground traffic, Runnin’ Scared encourages you to plan for the worst.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 24, 2013