Times Square Becomes Pedestrian Area Permanently

Pedestrianized area's in Manhattan's Herald Square and Times Square will remain permanently closed to auto traffic.

February 11, 2010, 1:00 PM PST

By Nate Berg


Safety improvements were a major part of the decision to turn the trial program into a permanent city feature, a move that was announced today by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"'The bottom line is overall traffic in midtown has improved,' the mayor said.

The report shows that taxi speeds in western midtown increased by 7% since the project began and injuries to motorists and passengers were reduced by 63%. Injuries to pedestrians were reduced by 35%. What's more, the mayor claimed that New Yorkers like the pedestrian areas, which comprise more than two and a half acres of new public space."

Thanks to ArchNewsNow

Thursday, February 11, 2010 in Crain's New York Business

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