How to get rid of traffic congestion in New York

September 6, 2018 - By Mark Babin

How to get rid of traffic congestion in New York

There is a way to remove the congestion of New York traffic. And the answer may be in a simple regulation of the parking system.

Analysts believe that problems with traffic in New York mirror the problems in economics. Sometimes, it even creates new troubles for the active citizens of New York. It also decreases the quality of life. Many economists believe that the main problem lays in the underinvestment of the local transit system.

They believe that one of the immediate solutions that may help and reduce traffic is congestion pricing. However, this idea has already been declined, when politicians tried to win places in 2007 and also this year.

What does congestion pricing actually mean? People have to pay to drive on the roads they usually drive free of charge.  We believe that no politician would be so suicidal as to speak about this option first. It is not a very popular idea.

Is there an alternative to such a bold idea? Well, possibly the city can use a parking-based variant to reach equal congestion management and revenue goals.

How would this work?

–              New York officials must forbid operators of garages to sell parking by the month. It could reduce all those drivers who live nearby and use already paid for spots just because they have already paid.

–              Increase and expand the parking tax, which can definitely go higher, by at least 35 percent.

–              Off-peak discount from lot and garage operators, similar to San Francisco.

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