Manhattan traffic consultant Sam Schwartz, who coined the term 'gridlock', says that London's success has New York reconsidering tolls.
"Even if such a scheme could win approval from the Legislature, Schwartz estimated it would take a minimum of three years to implement: 'One year for environmental impact studies, two years for lawsuits.' Schwartz, however, is thinking much bigger than just East River tolls. He would like to see a comprehensive 'congestion-pricing' system throughout southern Manhattan that would charge people based on when and where they drive. The wider arteries along the rivers can accommodate more traffic, so they would cost less; narrower, heavily traveled streets would cost more, especially at peak times of day."
Thanks to Chris Steins
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