Solving Traffic Congestion by Closing the Road?

New York City, NY – On Sunday, the Bloomberg administration put a plan, “Green Light for Midtown” into effect to reduce traffic congestion in Midtown by closing two sections of Broadway to vehicles, from 47th to 42nd Streets and 35th to 33rd Streets. The idea is to eliminate the crosscurrents Broadway traffic creates on nearby avenues.

You can read about it here as well.



  1. Tom Howard · June 1, 2009

    Somebody should really send this article to Naomi Lakritz at the Calgary Herald, the author of a particularily rousing bit of hand-wringing I’ve attached below.

  2. Derek Pomreinke · June 8, 2009

    I happened to be in Times Square on Wednesday, June 3 and was fortunate enough to partake in the increased pedestrian activity on Broadway. Not only did it provide for a decent photo-op of me sitting in a lawn chair in the middle of the road, but it was heartening to see that even the arguably busiest plaza in North America can deal with extended road closures.

    Funnily enough, I did get to witness a minor fender-bender directly in front of me as one taxi rear-ended another, though much of the blame can be attributed to me as I am highly distracting to passing vehicular traffic.

    One can only hope that likewise attractive people enjoying the sun on Memorial Drive don’t inspire similar car accidents. Though it would be funny if the only traffic impediments during the festival were caused by irresponsible drivers.

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