What Will The MTA And Traffic Look Like In Post-Pandemic NYC?

Peter Haskell
April 27, 2020 - 4:27 pm

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The coronavirus pandemic has caused traffic to essentially vanish in New York City. 

Nearly all major crossings and highways are virtually empty at any given time of the day considering most New Yorkers have been adhering to the stay-at-home order put forth by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Meanwhile, MTA ridership has dropped significantly – by about 95% on subways and buses.

But, what will traffic look like in a post-pandemic New York City?

"That's going to have a permanent and enduring effect on the suburban commuter rails system,” said Mitchell Moss.

Moss, who heads the Rudin Transportation Center and New York University, says the MTA is going to have to convince commuters the subways are safe – and that’s going to be difficult.

“That means an aggressive effort to sanitize the stations, maintain very high levels of enforcement of masks while to ride the subways,” Moss said.

The challenge, he said, is keeping the agency solvent.

Meanwhile, traffic engineer Sam Schwartz says drivers and subway riders should both pay more to keep the MTA afloat.

“I'm sorry people. But there's no magic bullet and if you think the federal government's going to totally bail us out, I've got four bridges across the East River to sell to you,” he said.

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