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.