City officials aim to limit vehicle traffic through 14th street in Manhattan

1010 WINS Newsroom
April 25, 2019 - 8:14 am
MTA bus

Anthony Behar/Sipa USA

Categories: 

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – New York City officials aim to limit car and truck traffic through 14th street in Manhattan by establishing a six block corridor that features express buses, wide bike lanes and pedestrian-friendly walkways.

The city plans to launch this 18-month experiment in June.

These modifications were first contemplated ahead of a planned shutdown of an East River subway tunnel that links Brooklyn and Manhattan, which would have affected the L train line that runs along 14th Street.

Governor Andrew Cuomo discarded that repair plan earlier this year when engineers from Columbia and Cornell Universities proposed an easier, and more cost effective fix, even though it meant occasional service disruptions.

“We have an opportunity to try something new and really get bus riders moving on one of our busiest streets,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “This is an experiment that, if successful, could provide us another tool to move buses faster and save people valuable time.”

Three miles of temporary bike lanes installed in Greenwich Village in 2018 on 12th and 13th Streets will now be made permanent, becoming part of crosstown bicycle thruway parallel with others installed on 26th and 29th Streets and a planned pair along 52nd and 55th Streets in Midtown.

Later this spring, aside from local businesses and residents, only buses, trucks and emergency vehicles will be able to use 14th Street between 3rd and 9th Avenues as a through route.

Local cars will be limited to pickups and drop-offs along the corridor and will be required to turn off the street as quickly as possible.

Like 1010 WINS on Facebook and follow @1010WINS on Twitter to get breaking news, traffic, and weather for New York City.