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Ikea Traffic, One Year In

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Ikea asked a transportation engineering company to conduct a traffic study in Red Hook to determine the effects of the big box store on road congestion. They found that the percentage of shoppers who traveled to Ikea by car was less than had been projected: "only 71 percent of weekday visitors came by car and 64 percent on Saturdays and Sundays" (the numbers were originally estimated at 95% and 80%, respectively). Even though traffic hasn't been terrible, the Brooklyn Paper reports that "the chronic snarling of drivers at Hamilton Avenue waiting to turn left onto Court Street during rush hour and on the weekend has gotten worse." [Brooklyn Paper]