In 2016, the Westchester Square BID applied to DOT’s Plaza Program to create a pedestrian Plaza on the E Tremont Ave and Westchester Ave, Bronx on the east bound slip lane. Located at a transit hub, along a commercial corridor, and adjacent to a three High Schools campus, a plaza would create a space where students, shoppers, and residents can find a place to sit, study, or socialize.
The proposal builds on the success of 2015 safety enhancements along the E Tremont vision zero corridor which included refuge islands at the intersection. A plaza would also help enhance safety by eliminating conflict between vehicles and hundreds of pedestrians at peak hour at the slip lane. DOT is partnering with the Westchester Square BID to host a One-Day Plaza Event and workshops, survey the larger community, and hold stakeholder meetings.