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February 12, 2015

Image,_Move_NY_Plan,_TollsCongestion Pricing for anyone driving in NYC is back on the table. With the removal of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and the MTA’s $15 billion capital-plan deficit, Sam Schwartz’s Move NY plan could fix both congestion and the deficit.

Move NY Plan’s premise is to increase costs of driving into Manhattan where there are good public transport options, and reduce the costs where there are limited public transportation options. As a result, the flow of traffic gets spread around the various NYC bridge and tunnel crossings.

HIGHLIGHTS OF MOVE NY PLAN

  • East River bridges — implement tolls of $5.54 for E-ZPass users, $8 for others on the Queensborough/Koch Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge.
  • Crossing below 60th Street in Manhattan — implement toll of $5.54 for E-ZPass users, $8 for others.
  • Outer Borough Bridges — reduce tolls from $5 to $2.50
  • Off Peak Hours — lower toll rates
  • NYC Taxis and app-based services — implement a surcharge based on a distance entered below 96th St in Manhattan.

BENEFITS OF MOVE NY PLAN Read more…

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February 26, 2014

Image,_Snowy_drivingIt looks like winter isn’t going away anytime soon, so we want to share some tips for safe winter driving, courtesy of AAA’s magazine, Car & Travel.

Do not pump your brakes to stop on icy roads. Surprised? So were we. Our mothers had told us this for years, but Car & Travel says that was the right approach before vehicles had antilock braking system (ABS), which nearly all vehicles have now. If you’ve ever felt a vibration in the brake pedal on a slick road, you have witnessed ABS at work as the system prevents wheel lock-up. So instead of pumping the brakes, keep firm pressure on the brake pedal until your car comes to a complete stop.

Do not hit your brakes hard if your car goes into a  skid. This one we knew. But what we didn’t know is that there are two types of skids: Read more…

Filed under: NYC Driving,Parking & Driving Advice — Tags: , , — mtohn @ 10:20 am
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February 22, 2014

Image,_NYC_TrafficNew NYC Mayor Bill DiBlasio has announced significant changes to improve NYC traffic. DiBlasio’s primary objective is to reduce the number of NYC traffic fatalities to zero. He plans to accomplish that by:

  • Instituting a police crackdown on NYC speeding motorists,
  • redesigning 50 dangerous intersections and streets each year,
  • increasing NYC police enforcement against dangerous moving violations, including speeding, failing to yield to pedestrians, signal violations, improper turns/disobeying signage, and phoning/texting while driving,
  • getting Albany’s permission to decrease the citywide speed limit to 25 mph from 30 mph,
  • increasing the number of red-light cameras beyond the current 120 locations,
  • implementing eight new neighborhood slow zones,
  • installing speed
  • cameras at 20 new authorized locations,
  • installing 250 speed bumps, including in neighborhood slow zones,
  • enhancing street lighting at 1,000 intersections,
  • creating 25 new “neighborhood slow-zones” to help minimize speeding,
  • imposing stiffer penalties on NYC taxi drivers who drive dangerously, and
  • maintaining an interagency task force to oversee the implementation of Vision Zero.

Image,_Vision_Zero_logoVision Zero is Mayor DiBlasio’s plan to reduce the number of NYC traffic fatalities to zero. Read more…

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December 19, 2013
Queensboro Bridge

Queensboro Bridge

Tired of NYC traffic and want to do something about it? Check out the group, Move NY, established to reduce NYC traffic in midtown NYC. Led by Sam Schwartz, former NYC DOT Commissioner, Move NY’s plan includes:

  • $5.33 E-ZPass toll to cross into Manhattan via these East River bridges: Queensboro Bridge/59th St Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge. These NYC bridges are currently free to use.
  • Reduce the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge toll to $5.66 with E-ZPass. The toll is currently $10.66.
  • Reduce the Triboro RFK Bridge, Throgs Neck Bridge and Whitestone Bridge toll to $2.83 with E-ZPass. The current toll is $5.33 with E-ZPass.

The idea is to ease NYC traffic by discouraging drivers of commercial vehicles and private cars from motoring through some of the city’s most congested neighborhoods to reach the toll-free East River bridges.

Previous Congestion Pricing plans aimed to reduce midtown NYC traffic Read more…

Filed under: Congestion / Traffic Pricing — Tags: , , , — mtohn @ 6:05 pm
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December 16, 2013

With Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio trying to improve daily life for NYC residents, Crain’s New York Business has gathered a list of ways to make getting around NYC easier. Here are some ideas for walking, NYC driving, NYC parking, subways, buses, ferries, deliveries, pay by phone, NYC Muni-Meters, bike lanes, and pedestrian plazas:

NYC Parking Ideas

Text to pay NYC Muni meters. Allow drivers to register a credit card with the city, text the number of the Muni meter to register their location, and pay the NYC parking fare, says Michael Woloz, a lobbyist for the taxi industry. No more fumbling for change, running out to feed the meter or waiting for approval in the freezing cold.

Neighborhood parking permits. Residents would pay an annual fee to park in their neighborhood. Everyone else would pay a metered or daily rate.

NYC Driving Ideas

Give NYC control of all the roads within the five boroughs. Read more…

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November 27, 2013

The NYC Gridlock Alert Days for 2013 are:

  • Wednesday, November 27
  • Wednesday, December 4
  • Friday, December 6
  • Thursday, December 12
  • Friday, December 13
  • Wednesday, December 18
  • Thursday, December 19
  • Friday, December 20

You know the drill:

  • Avoid driving in Midtown NYC
  • Take NYC subways or NYC buses
  • Walk
  • If you do drive, park in a NYC Parking Garage — avoid traffic, avoid a NYC parking ticket, avoid a headache
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October 21, 2013

If you like to speed in NYC, watch out. Over the weekend of October 11 – 13, 2013, the NYPD gave out 736 NYC traffic tickets for speeding.i

NYPD set up speed traps in all five NYC boroughs:

  • 266 NYC speeding tickets issued in Queens
  • 213 NYC speeding tickets issued in the Bronx
  • 113 NYC speeding tickets issued in Brooklyn

A NYC speeding ticket is a NYC traffic violation that carries both a fine and points on your license.

FINE: $45 – $600

POINTS: 3 – 11 points

Filed under: Parking & Traffic Tickets,Speeding — Tags: , — mtohn @ 1:41 pm
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Image,_NYC_website,_new_design_October_2013NYC has just launched a new website, http://www1.nyc.gov/, and at first glance, we think the navigation and design is much better. Really clear and clean layout and links, the homepage gives the status of NYC Alternate Side Parking regulations, the font is easy to read,and of course we checked out the sections for NYC Parking, NYC Traffic Violations, and what you might want to know and NYC garages and getting around.

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Alternate Side Parking — the left hand side of the homepage will let you know if the regulation is in effect today.

 

 

 

 

 

Public Parking Lot — unfortunately, the website tells you to ‘Call 311’ to find a Public NYC Parking Lot. Not much help.  Read more…

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March 20, 2013

Big Brother in NYC is about to get bigger. According to The Huffington Post, on Tuesday March 19, 2013, NYC Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly announced that NYC will be installing license plate reader cameras “in every lane of traffic on all of the bridges and tunnels that serve as entrances and exits to Manhattan.”

That means that no matter which NYC bridge or tunnel you use to access Manhattan, your vehicle will be recorded. The NYC Police Department is legally allowed to keep the data for five years.

NYC Police Department is already doing this, if you didn’t know. It has a way to record all vehicles crossing the Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, and the Holland Tunnel. Kelly said that the license plate readers will be ordered for other NYC bridges, which could include the Williamsburg Bridge and Queensboro Bridge.

All this intelligence data will become part of the $30-40 million comprehensive dashboard produced by Microsoft called the Domain Awareness System, which includes 3,000 cameras and 2,600 radiation detectors.

Filed under: NYC Bridges & Tunnels,Transportation News — Tags: , , — mtohn @ 9:03 am
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March 5, 2013

Yep, new fares for NYC buses, NYC subways, Metro-North Railroad, LIRR Railroad, and NYC bridges and tunnels.

Effective March 3, 2013:

NYC Subway & NYC Bus

  • Base Single Ride Fare: Increase from $2.25 to $2.50 → $.25 increase
  • Single Ticket Fare: Increase from $2.50 to $2.75 → $.25 increase (Sold at vending machines only. Must be used within 2 hours, no transfers included)
  • Monthly MetroCard/30-Day Unlimited: Increase from $104 to $112 → 7.7% or $8 increase
  • 7-Day Unlimited: $30.00
  • 7-Day Express Bus Plus: $55.00
  • Express Bus: $6.00
  • Fee to Purchase New MetroCard $1, so save those used or expired NYC MetroCards and exchange them for a new one! Fee applies to each new MetroCard purchased at station booth, vending machine or commuter rail station.
  • Pay Per Ride Bonus: An additional 5% is added to your MetroCard with the purchase or addition of $5 or more.

Effective March 1, 2013, fares and tolls are also increased for these NYC bridges and tunnels: Read more…

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