Latest Security Plan for WTC Site Reduces Traffic and Parking

Friday, May 17, 2013

NYPD Officers at Zuccotti Park. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

The NYPD's latest plan for security measures at the World Trade Center site are out and open for public comment. The proposal would ring the 16-acre World Trade Center site with various security measures.

In addition to six guard booths, there will be several hydraulic Sally Ports, the secure gateways that already block traffic on Wall Street, which will also be operated by the police.

On site parking, which was initially estimated to accommodate 1,200-1,400 cars, will be reduced to about 500 underground parking spots. There will be 67 spots for tour buses.

Delivery vehicles and black cars that want to enter the site, will have to register to enter. All vehicles entering the site will undergo manual and mechanical inspections for dangerous materials. 

Authors of the proposal admit the increased security measures could disrupt, "established business routines and customer patterns."

Andy Morales, 41, of the Bronx, works near the site, where mass construction already limits vehicle traffic. He’s not worried about potential side effects of the plan.

“The truth is even today as we speak it’s a tough thing getting any kind of vehicle out here for that matter,” Morales said.

The project is funded by the Port Authority and the NYPD, and is open for public comment through May 22.

Daisy Rosario contributed reporting.


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Comments [3]

Steven Abramson from Liberty Street, New York

The plan is really a disaster for downtown residents, in particular those of us who live on Liberty, Cedar, and Greenwich Streets. The tour buses will create an environmental nighmare as they spew pollutants into an area where so many have suffered from respiratory illnesses as a result of the destruction of the WTC towers on 9/11. This plan is very unfair to residents, especially those of us who stuck it out in the area, cleaned rebuilt our homes, and dedicated ourselves to maintaining a normal neighborhood. This plan will take that away from us. The open discussion and comment period must be extended, and residents and small businesses must work to get this plan changed--move the tour buses away from the site! Why do they have to disgorge their passengers on Liberty and Greenwich. Please spare us this nightmare.

Jun. 07 2013 06:40 PM
dan alterman

Mary is right. If the project wont be completed until 2019 why doesnt the NYPD slow down and consider what it is proposing and its effect on traffic, pollution, quality of life, emergencies exits, floods and other factors that change the variables. Before this plan we expected that Greenwich Street, Vesey Street and Fulton would be connected and now that is taken away. We are all concerned about safety and security but this NYPD plan is unworkable and bloated with unnecessary police presence which makes the residents, visitors, businesspeople and tourists subject to an "armed fortress" atmosphere. Isnt it possible to find a solution that permits security measures along with neighborhoods that have existed for 400 years to flourish where we can have families, kids, schools, parks and a decent quality of life,. As the Beatles said "slow down (NYPD) you are moving too fast. Dan Alterman Tribeca

May. 18 2013 10:25 AM
Mary Perillo from Cedar St

After digging through the 602 page plan I am struck by how it seems to be a plan to have tour buses- up to 42 an hour- idling and spewing diesel exhaust into the air on the east, north, then west side of my block.

NYC allows idling of buses for no more than 3 minutes, yet this plan allows 16 min for each bus to unload passengers at Liberty and Greenwich. Do you think the driver will cut the engine when it's 90° or 20° or any temp?

Is the best plan to have tour buses coming to one of the biggest tourist stops in the world be screened out on a public street that has huge numbers of pedestrians going to and from the WTC, the Memorial, and the 4, 5, 1 and R trains, plus the 39 commuter bus lines which have stops on Trinity Place?

And why in the world does anyone think that unloading thousands of tour buses right up against the side of WTC 4 is a good idea?

NYPD, please slow down and give us a chance here on the ground to help make this plan better.

Read the 602 page plan here

and then send your comment to

May. 17 2013 06:53 PM

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