Bloomberg Sets 3+ Carpool Rule to Drive into Manhattan

Better find two passengers if you are planning on crossing a bridge into the city on Thursday or Friday.

Following the onslaught of cars that brought traffic to a standstill in much of New York City Wednesday, the city is requiring Manhattan-bound cars to have at least three passengers for the next two days.

“The streets just cannot handle the number of cars that have tried to come in,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

Only vehicles with three or more people will be able to cross the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg and Queensboro bridges between 6 a.m. and midnight on Thursday and Friday on the Manhattan-bound side.

The mayor said the city would try to set up spots for drivers to pick-up passengers before going over the bridges.

The city is also restricting the lower level of the Manhattan Bridge in both directions for buses Thursday and Friday and the DOT plans to set up bus-priority lanes on major traffic arteries in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

In other transit news:

- Subway Service to Resume Thursday Morning 

- Alternate side parking rules will be suspended on Thursday and Friday, but meters regulations are back beginning Thursday morning.

Erika November 01, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Thank you! Do you know how bad the traffic is?
Scottilla November 01, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Of course the backups have nothing to do with the people who can't be bothered to follow the rules.
el jefe November 02, 2012 at 12:53 AM
I'm with Brady. Today was the worst traffic I've ever seen in my 50 years of living in queens. This is like his Congestion Pricing. Move the traffic to Queens. And there are still plenty of trees down all around the borough, but hey, the marathon route is clear!
Ahmed November 02, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Yes there is a Mobil gas station on crescent St in long island city, one block before you get on the bridge to Manhattan but you got to wait in line for about 1/2 hour but not as crazy as other places.
Andrea Dobroznsky November 05, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Wednesday I have to come in from Connecticut.. Usually take Hutchinson go over Randalls then JFK . Does anyone know if I can travel this route. One person.


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