De Blasio’s Roads

The Story

Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative has reduced traffic deaths in the city, though his goal of eliminating fatalities entirely by 2020 seems unlikely to be achieved. The mayor’s management of the streets has been bumpy in other ways. Traffic congestion has never been worse, but de Blasio refuses to address the problem through user fees.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Improved: Intersections at which Vision Zero safety improvements have been made saw a 34% decline in traffic deaths between 2009 and 2016. Read more.

  2. Slow: Congestion in mid-Manhattan has caused average speeds to decline 20% between 2010 and 2016. Read more.

  3. Fees: Tolling entry into lower Manhattan would reduce congestion and provide needed revenue for repairing mass transit. Read more.

“De Blasio should demonstrate to New Yorkers on the streets that the law matters.”

Nicole Gelinas, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

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