Unclear Lanes

The Story

Exactly one year ago, Mayor de Blasio announced a five-point initiative to address traffic congestion. One component, “Clear Lanes,” was intended to de-clog streets in lower Manhattan, where traffic had ground to a near halt. The mayor promised that this new approach would improve the movement of cars and people around the city, but a year later, the plan shows little sign of success.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Stuck: Eight months after the launch of the “Clear Lanes” program, average travel speed in Manhattan’s Central Business District remains unchanged. Read more.

  2. Busted: A survey found that blockage of bus lanes is endemic throughout Manhattan, even as bus-lane violators get ticketed more often. Read more.

  3. Priced: The policy most likely to relieve midtown’s perpetual traffic jam is congestion pricing, which would let the market set a value on driving in the Central Business District. Read more.

"For any congestion fee to be a fee for service and not just another tax, New York must improve its increasingly unpredictable mass-transit system."

Nicole Gelinas, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

Unjamming Traffic By Erin Schiller (Summer 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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