Car ban plan will also limit traffic on B'way up to 59th

By Jason Fink

As part of the city’s plan to ease congestion in Herald Square and Times Square, car traffic on Broadway will be limited all the way north to Columbus Circle.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled a proposal Thursday that would narrow Broadway to two driving lanes from 47th to 59th streets and create a left-turn lane and a parking lane. This would be in addition to the mayor’s plan to prohibit cars on Broadway in Times Square and Herald Square starting Memorial Day weekend.The $1.5 million pilot program calls for:

- cars between 47th to 42nd streets to be diverted to Seventh Avenue.

- vehicles between 33rd and 35th streets to be diverted to Sixth Avenue.

- completion of landscaped pedestrian plazas in Times Square and Herald Square by the end of summer.

The traffic changes would require the MTA to alter bus routes that carry about 75,000 daily passengers. Exact details on those changes have not been worked out.

Tags: mayor michael bloomberg , cars , broadway , traffic

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