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Eases, With Mass Transit: Holiday helps trim gridlock, Daily
Street Is Safer: Cameras, ticket blitz spur big dip in summonses,
Bridge Bike Path Upgrade, Daily News
B'klyn Roads: DOT to decongest downtown traffic, Daily News
8/15 Traffic Test Planned for Harried Downtown Brooklyn, New
8/9 Cyclists Plead
For More Bridge Security, Daily News
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September 26, 2001
single-occupancy vehicles below 62nd St.
The aftermath of the World
Center attack has produced massive disruptions in transit service and horrendous
traffic jams. As a result thousands of New Yorkers have begun cycling for
transportation. Today, Mayor Giuliani will announce the details of a plan to
require all passenger cars using bridges and tunnels south of 62nd street to
carry at least two people. T.A. has joined with other transportation groups in
supporting this measure. However, this is not a sustainable effort and must be
accompanied by longer term measures which are featured below. Be assured that we
have been working hard to get the message out to the media and mayor that
bicycles can be a big part of the solution.
Thank you for leading the way
to a better New York.
in Support of the Mayor's Plan to Require Car Pooling
We strongly support Mayor
Giuliani plan to require non-commercial motorists to car pool if they want to
come into lower or midtown Manhattan during weekday mornings.
We need to keep our city moving
in this time of crisis. New York simply cannot afford the massive gridlock that
has been plaguing our area. The city must free up street space for activities
essential to our security and economy, including the efficient and safe movement
of emergency vehicles, police, fire and other security officers, and deliveries.
Many thousands of
metropolitan-area motorists have put flags on their cars to show their concern
for the future of our city and nation. Now
they must do their part by putting passengers in their cars as a way to reduce
traffic, enhance our safety and support our economic stability.
We encourage New Yorkers to
take public transportation, bicycle and walk where they can. We appreciate that
a significant number of area residents need to drive. But where that's the case,
it's fair to ask them to take other vehicles off the road by carpooling.
We stand ready to work with the
Mayor, the Port Authority, MTA and other transportation officials to consider
and implement a range of other measures to keep New York moving.
NYC DOT Commissioner, Mayor Giuliani Lucius Riccio,
NYC DOT Commissioner, Mayor Dinkins Ross Sandler,
NYC DOT Commissioner, Mayor Koch Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff,
NYC DOT Commissioner, Mayor Lindsay
NYC DOT Deputy Commissioner, Mayor Koch
Regional Plan Association
Tri-State Transportation Campaign Natural Resources Defense Council
T.A. Submits Plan for
New York's Transportation Future
Create New Public Places and Encourage Walking and Cycling
Expand Transit Quickly
- Increase security and
create impressive plazas and public spaces. London’s
financial district permanently restricted vehicle access after a costly
car-bombing a decade ago. There and in hundreds of Western European cities,
essential motor vehicles have electronic passes which briefly lower
barriers. NYC should follow London’s lead and restrict vehicles in the
Wall St. area, near Grand Central and create new pedestrian areas at Times,
Herald and Union Squares.
foot and bicycle access to transit. Widen crowded sidewalks near Penn
Station and Port Authority and create secure bike parking and lanes near
subway and train stations.
- Immediately increase service on
existing subway and bus routes, sustain the increase with commuter and gas
taxes. Immediately, and permanently,
convert all HOV lanes at area bridges, tunnels and highways into bus only lanes.
Launch regional high speed bus network. This has halved trip times for buses
using the The Goethals, SIE, Verrazano, Gowanus, Battery, FDR route, LIE to
Midtown Tunnel and Queensboro Bridge
Create “Super Bus Transit”
network within the City --- Install physically separated, bus only lanes and
loading stations to move very large numbers of passengers quickly. Install in
Manhattan: First and Second Avenues, West Side Highway; and critical cross town
connectors on 57th, 42nd,34th 23rd, 14th, Houston and Canal.
transitways, bike lanes
and emergency routes. Equip buses and bus stops with enforcement cameras that
can issue tickets for blocking bus stops and lanes. (London just installed 800.)
Double the fine for bus and bike lanes and fire zones. Provide fire engines and
express buses with traffic signal overrides as is done in many other cities.
Start Building the Second
Avenue subway and push for completion of LIRR connection to Grand Central.
Raise Money and Reduce
Toll East River Bridges. Yes, this means approval from City Council,
the State Legislature and Congress, but it is essential. EZ Pass and non-stop
tolling technology means no toll plaza and no jams. Flexible tolls, reduce rush
hour traffic and are already used by the MTA and Port Authority. At $3.50 a
trip, tolling the bridges would generate $550 million a year. Of this, $100
million would go straight to maintaining and rebuilding crumbling streets and
bridges around the city.
Raise the NYC gas tax by 20
cents a gallon. Devote funds to street and bridge repair to increased transit
Restore the commuter tax and
devote it to increasing subway and bus service.
- Use scarce curb space smartly:
Charge variable fees for all on-street parking south of 60th street in Manhattan
and all commercial parking in NYC. This will sharply reduce double parking and
ensure critical vehicles access to the curb.
- Reserve corner parking spots in
Midtown for taxi pick-up drop-off.
- Accelerate the
Trans-Hudson Freight Tunnel for completion in 2007.
- Substantially Increase
funding for Cross-Harbor “Float Bridge” container barges.
Roads and Bridges
- Replace the
Gowanus Expressway with a tunnel.
- Fix it First: Spend $300 million in
commuter and gas tax revenue every year to maintain and repair bridges and
streets. Also, increase the repaving schedule and the use of new methods and
incentive contracts for paving.
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Century Bike Tour, and throughout the year. Please visit our site to learn
more about how you can help.
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