The Sidewalks of New York

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Even with the nation’s most extensive public transportation system, New York is still remarkably dependent on private cars. The extent to which city streets should be designed for and promote car ownership is a major point of contention. Critics point to the city’s heavily congested streets and argue for policies that encourage alternative forms of transportation.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Park: Free parking on public streets is taken for granted, though it benefits relatively few people, who tend to be wealthier than average. Read more.

  2. Pedestrian: Major tourist areas that attract pedestrians are largely dominated by cars, even though many more people pass through on foot. Read more.

  3. Public: More than 75% of people entering Manhattan on a typical day do so by public transportation. Read more.

“The cars and trucks that clog city streets harm the quality of life for residents.”

Nicole Gelinas, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

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The Past is Present

Unjamming Traffic By Erin Schiller (Spring, 1998)

“New York City’s drivers waste a staggering $7.9 billion $580 per eligible driver in gas, productivity, and time stuck in traffic around and in the city, according to the Texas Transportation Institute.”

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“New Jersey Transit riders have a new tool to track performance and service changes. The agency’s website now has a dashboard called Progress by the Numbers.”