The Search for a New Traffic Plan Continues

Friday, January 11, 2008

The commission currently hunting for a plan to reduce traffic in Manhattan has a tall order to meet over the next 3 weeks. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

The chairman of the panel, Marc Shaw, says that the point is to come up with a plan that will not only reduce traffic, but also get approved by the state legislature.

Those 2 goals may be contradictory however.

The main options before the panel's 17 members would require charging drivers to come into central Manhattan, either through tolls on bridges or a daily fee.

And so far, many legislators from outside Manhattan believe those measures single out their constituents. At the panel's next-to-last meeting on Thursday, Westchester Assemblyman Richard Brodsky continued his opposition, saying that congestion pricing restricts access to streets based on people's ability to pay.

The commission will vote on a final recommendation January 31st. For WNYC, I'm Matthew Schuerman.

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