Saturday, June 9, 2007

Congested Manhattan

Too many vehicles, not enough street

People who drive into New York City may son have to dig into their pockets for the privledge.

Mayor Mike Bloomberg is advancing a traffic congestion pricing plan designed to dissuade drivers from entering Manhatten below 86th Street from 6 AM-6 PM. The charge would be $8 for cars, $21 for trucks. The provision would be enforced with the help of thousands of cameras.

The plan is being endorsed by Gov. Eliot Spitzer giving it bi-partisan support. Bloomberg is a Republican, Spitzer a Democrat.

But powerful Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver may be putting some bumps in the road. He's worried about the effect on an already overburdened mass transit system that would undoubtedly see an influx of new passengers.

This plan may never be adopted. Or it may be amended before becoming law. But at least someone is finally attempting to address the traffic gridlock problem in the city.

Pedestrians are constantly playing chicken with motor vehicles. The air pollution caused by so many cars moving at snails paces creates obvious health concerns. And the noise pollution detracts from the quality of life.

Lives would likely be saved too, if the mayor is successful. The sight of ambulances, their lights flashing, sirens blaring, with no place to maneuver is common indeed.


hand job said...

I told you Gov. Eliot Spitzer wasnt no good for ny but naw no one beleived me.this govenor is worst than pataki who also was a jerk.screwing newyorksers millions of doallars since he was in office,now we got another jerk doing the same thing.

Little Blue PD said...

We all have to wonder what Bloomberg is really thinking of with this congestion pricing tax scheme. Maybe he mostly just wants a new tax. Just wrap it up in 'concern for the environment', and people can just demonize those who oppose it.

If he cares so much about traffic jams, congestion and air pollution, why does he let Park Avenue be blocked off? Why doesn't he do anything about that?

Pershing Square Restaurant blocks Park Avenue going South at 42nd St. for 12 hours a day/6 months of the year! This Causes Massive Congestion & Air Pollution!

But apparently it does not bother NYC's Nanny-in-Chief Mike "Congestion Pricing Tax" Bloomberg? Check out the map!

Check it out!


Little Blue PD