February 27, 2013
If you have been driving in NYC in the last few months, you probably have swerved to avoid a pothole. You know what a pothole is, but here’s the office NYC definition:
- A hole in the street with a circular or ovular shape and a definable bottom.
- The bottom may be the concrete roadway base and may be partially filled with mud, dirt, or loose gravel.
- Condition does not look man-made and usually is not sitting in an area of collapse.
These large holes — some as big as 2 feet wide — slow down NYC traffic, can be hard to avoid, destroy NYC road conditions, ruin your car and never seem to get fixed fast enough.
How do these enormous holes that can be as deep as 10 inches, just show up suddenly? There are a few different theories:
- Theory 1 says that roads need to drain water. Read more…
October 18, 2012
If you’re doing any NYC driving, please be careful. With probably more than 50,000 vehicles in Manhattan alone at any time (it’s a guess since there are 13,000 NYC taxis), NYC traffic is tough to navigate.
Mayor Bloomberg’s office has released it’s bi-annual Mayor’s Management Report, and the stats are not great for NYC traffic fatalities form July 2011 – June 2012:
- 23% increase in NYC traffic fatalities.
- Increase from 236 to 291. There were 310 NYC traffic fatalities in 2007.
- 176 cyclist or pedestrian fatalities, up from 158 during July 2010 – June 2011.
- 115 motorist or passenger deaths, up from 78 during July 2010 – June 2011.
According to The New York Times article, Bloomberg’s office is being pressed to explain these increases against its earlier claims that Read more…
June 26, 2012
Think you can drive and text, or drive and put on mascara? Test your skills using Virtual Driver Interactive’s ‘One Simple Decision’, and think again. This very cool simulator will ask you to drive and do things like text, and boom! – you’ve suddenly run into a stop sign or even worse, hit a small child.
It doesn’t stop there, though. The Simulator may take you through being arrested and found guilty of vehicular manslaughter, or being airlifted to hospital and into surgery. One of the scenarios takes you into a police checkpoint for drunk driving.
The video reminded me a little of that documentary, Scared Straight, just without the inmates. If you’re thinking about doing any NYC driving, the Virtual Driver Interactive Simulator could convince you to stop that texting and help you avoid a NYC traffic ticket.
You can’t buy the program on your own, so you’ll have to find it at your company or driving school, sorry.
April 30, 2012
We adore Sam Schwartz, aka ‘Gridlock Sam’. He’s a one man army dedicated to making NYC driving and traveling a pleasant experience, which means less traffic, happy drivers who don’t honk the horn, and a fantastic public transportation system that runs on time and gets you where you want to go.
How is he doing it? All on his own time, this owner of an internationally recognized transportation and engineer firm has designed a plan to bring peace to the roads and underground of NYC. The plan includes:
- $5 toll on all bridges and tunnels coming into Manhattan below 60th St to spread out the congestion on the currently free bridges — Williamsburg Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, and Queensboro/59th St Bridge — and the currently tolled crossings — Queens Midtown Tunnel, Brooklyn Battery Tunnel,
- $5 charge to enter Manhattan below 60th St if you haven’t used any of the tolled crossings, and
- $1 surcharge on all taxi trips below 60th St.
During his career as NYC’s Traffic Commissioner, Sam saw it all. Read more about Sam’s career and his love for NYC.
April 20, 2012
If you don’t want to pay for an expensive limousine or risk not getting a NYC taxi to the airport, City Valet is your answer.
City Valet has licensed, insured professional drivers who will drive you where you want to go — in your very own car. It’s great for:
- airport drop-off and pick-up,
- showing clients around the city,
- bringing your car in for a service or inspection,
- driving to your weekend or summer house,
- running errands, Read more…
November 2, 2011
The Annual Urban Mobility Report conducted by the Texas Transportation Institute is out. The news isn’t good.
- Average commuters endured 34 hours of delay in 2010. This is 14 hours more than in 1982, nearly 30 years ago.
- Congestion costs the US more than $100 million, or about $750 for every commuter in the U.S.
- “Rush Hour” is six hours of not rushing anywhere.
- Congestion isn’t happening only at Rush Hour. About 40% of delays are happening during midday and overnight.
What are the Most Congested Cities in the U.S.?
1) Los Angeles is still the most congested U.S. city, with nearly 522,000 cumulative hours of travel delay.
2) NYC, with 465,000 hours of travel delay. That’s a lot of horn honking and cranky drivers. Read more…
September 28, 2011
Remember all the hullabaloo about Congestion Pricing a few years ago? It was Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to charge vehicles to enter Manhattan below 60th Street as an effort to reduce congestion from NYC traffic. It got voted down, and now it’s back.
There will be 22 entry points where vehicles will pay the NYC Congestion Pricing Toll.
What Will the Congestion Pricing Toll Plan Be?
The Rate is Unknown at this time.
Congestion Pricing Tolls would be in effect 24/7. Peak rates from 6am – 6pm. Lower rates on weekends and overnight.
NYC Taxis don’t have to pay a toll. But passengers will pay a $1 toll per trip. Read more…
September 19, 2011
Our friends at New York Parking Ticket, the place to go for help with a NYC parking ticket, just told us about this totally cool new site that can tell you how many NYC parking tickets were issued in your neighborhood.
The site, DNA Info, charges $4 to subscribe to the Crime & Safety Report, but we got an inside peek into a few screens.
From the ‘Ticketed Offenses’ graphs, you can see that Parking Tickets have declined in the Downtown area while Traffic Tickets have increased a little bit.
The NYC Parking Meter — for some it’s just a way of life, for others it’s one of the biggest nuisances about NYC driving and parking. Well, the NYC parking meters aren’t going away, but they are changing. At the young age of 60 years old, the NYC single space parking meter is being replaced by a younger, more nimble model.
Single Space Meters are being discontinued. These are the parking meters that are attached to a single parking space.
Multi-Space Meters are taking over. These meters can handle the payments for multiple space on a block. They accept credit cards, are solar powered, know to shut down on Sundays, and can be accessed remotely so the NYC Department of Transportation can change a parking meter rate immediately. The new multi-space meters each costs $4,392 and will cost NYC $34 million in total. So we might be seeing some increased NYC parking rates, don’t you think?
With the new meters, you’ll pay at the meter and put the paper receipt on the dashboard of your vehicle. The receipt has to be placed on the driver’s side and with the printed side up, or you’ll get a NYC parking ticket.
IS THIS GOOD? Read more…
It’s that time of year again — UN General Assembly! Expect the leaders of most countries, along with their entourages of people and dark cars with tinted windows — to make driving and getting around NYC’s East Side from 40th – 60th Streets an exercise in logistics and patience. Here’s what you can expect for NYC driving and traffic:
FDR DRIVE — Expect random freezes below 63rd St.
1st AVE — Closed from 42nd – 48th Sts. closed. Demos at nearby Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. Read more…