Traffic problems

Saturday, June 19, 1954

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

New York City Traffic Commissioner T.T. Wylie answers questions.

Gabe Pressman hosts.

Panelists: Andrew Meisels of City College, Fred Goldsweig of the Heights Campus of NYU, and Martin Birmingham of Washington Square College.


There will always be a traffic problem in NYC, but we can do things about it to make it less bad. There will never be a limit on car buying. Impact of one way streets. Rush hour congestion around Columbus Circle is inevitable. Comparison to Los Angeles's use of flashing traffic signals at nighttime. Development of the Traffic Control Plan, Parking Meter Program. 3rd Avenue El. Pavement marking programs. Headlight regulations.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71942
Municipal archives id: LT2840


Martin Birmingham, Fred Goldsweig, Andrew Meisels, Gabe Pressman and T.T. Wylie


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