April 29, 2013
Hiroko Matsuike/The New York Times
As part of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s legacy, he wants to add 10,000 public parking spots for electric vehicles (EVs) over the next seven years, with 2,000 of these NYC parking spaces having electric vehicle charging stations.
Right now, NYC has 100 public electric vehicle charging stations (mostly in off-street NYC parking garages) plus another 120 charging stations for NYC’s fleet of 458 electric vehicles. Bloomberg’s proposal would add another 30 charging stations for NYC vehicles, bringing the total to 150 to be used by NYC-owned electric vehicles.
In his February 2013 address, Bloomberg said, “This year we’ll pilot curbside vehicle chargers that will allow drivers to fill up their battery in as little as 30 minutes. We’ll work with Read more…
November 13, 2011
NYC is stopping its program to reduce fines for NYC parking tickets if you don’t bring the case to court. If you don’t see the judge, your NYC parking violation for an overtime meter ticket or alternate side parking are reduced by 33% because you’re saving NYC the time and cost of having judges deal with all these NYC parking violations. The program was initially started in 2007 to manage the backlog of unpaid tickets.
In Manhattan South of of 96th St, alternate side parking and expired meter NYC parking tickets are reduced from $65 to $43. If you appeal and lose, you’ll pay $65.
In Manhattan Above 96th St and in Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, alternate side parking and expired meter NYC parking tickets are reduced from Read more…
September 28, 2011
Our fantastic friends over at New York Parking Ticket blew us away with this news. Mayor Bloomberg has rejected five proposals that would ensure NYC parking tickets are issued correctly. New York Parking Ticket put together this fabulous chart of the proposed changes put forth by the NY City Council Transportation Committee. Only the last one was approved by Mayor Bloomberg.
Ticket Agent has to photograph the vehicle — OK, we agree that this seems a bit onerous. NYPD officers would have to carry a camera and document each photo.
Suspending Alternate Side Parking regulations when film crews are on the Street Read more…
August 29, 2011
Next time you are stuck in NYC traffic, Big Brother may be watching what’s happening and will be working to get rid of that congestion. It’s all in the name of making driving in NYC better.
If you’re driving in NYC in the 110-square block area between 42nd – 57th Streets from 3rd Ave – 6th Ave, the eyes will be on you in Queens, in NYC’s Department of Transportation Traffic Command Centre. There are three guys watching everything what happens. They know how many cars are waiting at a red light, or how fast – or slow – it’s taking vehicles to get 10 blocks. Based on the situation, they can make a traffic light turn red or green, speed up or slow down the timing of the NYC traffic light, re-route traffic, or send police officers. Read more…
July 27, 2011
NYC Midtown in Motion real-time information
There’s a new sheriff in midtown, and it’s called ‘Midtown in Motion’. A $1.2 million grant from the US Department of Transportation’s Federal HighwayAdministration has given NYC the ability to change NYC traffic signals in real-time based on what’s happening on the street. If you’ve done any driving in NYC, you know how bad the traffic can be.
Mayor Bloomberg launched the program on July 18, 2011, and it’s part of Bloomberg’s plan to reduce NYC traffic and improve pedestrian safety.
Using video cameras, E-ZPass readers, and sensors, the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) can see traffic jams and congestion that might have happened because of an accident, construction, weather, special events, or any random event that happens only in NYC. Using the data, the DOT can anticipate a traffic problem and change the traffic signals to avoid the congestion.
This is great for drivers and pedestrians alike in the 100-square block area in midtown Manhattan. It’s surely going to improve NYC traffic and it’s a win for driving in NYC.
January 12, 2011
On January 5th, the NYC City Council voted NOT to increase NYC parking meter rates by 25¢ in Manhattan above 86th Street and in the four boroughs of the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. The increase would have put NYC parking meter rates at $1/hr from the current 75¢/ hr, which is still pretty inexpensive compared to a typical garage rate of $10 – $30/hr.
The increase was part of Mayor Bloomberg’s new July 1st budget but got negotiated out, along with about $35 million in other services to be cut, after some pretty tough opposition from Transportation Committee Chair James Vacca. How much is the city giving up? $2.5 million. That’s a lot of quarters. And if you park below 86th Street in Manhattan, you can expect your parking meter rate to increase from $2.50 to $3/hr. Read more…
February 28, 2010
Remember back in late May 2009, when seemingly overnight the North/Southbound streets in Times Square were suddenly turned into pedestrian lounge-rooms? The streets were painted green and filled with plastic chairs and tables.
The results are in, and those newer metal chairs and tables are going to stay plus get an upgrade to permanent furniture.
Times Square - before new traffic pattern
Times Square's pedestrian area
It’s all part of the Green Light for Midtown project spearheaded by Mayor Bloomberg and implemented by the NYC DOT*, where the goals are to make the NYC streets safer and to reduce NYC traffic and congestion. For Times Square, DOT was looking to improve the NYC traffic flow on 6th & 7th Avenues and make Broadway safer for pedestrians and drivers. If you’ve been through that area, you’ve seen the new pedestrian spaces on Broadway from 42nd – 47th Streets, and also on 33rd – 35th Streets.
How do we know if it worked? DOT used GPS units in taxis to compare travel times in fall 2008 against fall 2009 and found that: Read more…
June 18, 2009
Two weekends ago I was honored to be invited to join Mayor Bloomberg’s celebrations of the 100th anniversary of NYC’s Queensboro Bridge, which connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Queens. A select group of us were invited to walk across the upper level of the bridge, which was closed to traffic, for the ceremony at the middle of the bridge. Read more…