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.

BRADY November 01, 2012 at 04:40 AM
can't drive ,can't take the subway, busses are free except they don't show up ,no gas, stores empty , no cell phone,no regular phone, no power in the house,but the marathon is still a go for sunday!! thanks bloomie
michael Levine November 01, 2012 at 04:52 AM
brady u r an idiot why is it bloombergs fault is he mother nature
brian folia November 01, 2012 at 05:22 AM
It wasn't that bad today. We were all late, but at least we all got to work. I could get fired over this!
Vic's November 01, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Brady I take it you're running the marathon?! :) very funny
Monica W Mendelsohn November 01, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Little Napoleon mayor of NY has no clue what he created traffic wise. Yesterday was fine, today because of this power hungry maniac, it is awful and full of "mistaken" checkpoints.
Erika November 01, 2012 at 01:31 PM
anyone have any advice as how to get from Westchester to Brownsville-Brooklyn. None of the limited subways will get me there and the Hudson Metro North line is still suspended, and now it seems that driving is out. Any suggestions would be great, I have to get to work! Thanks.
Amy Sara Clark November 01, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Erika, The rule doesn't apply to the Whitestone or Throgs Neck bridges so you should be able to drive there, with or without a carpool.
BRADY November 01, 2012 at 02:17 PM
michael why exactally am i an ioiot? i'm not blaming the hurricane on bloomberg ,but you must admit postponings,,cancellings, closeings,no Mr President nows not the time we're to busy, but a dedicated crew to clean up the marathon route i think with all the problems right now resorces could be put to better uses
Lisa November 01, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Does anyone know of any gas stations in Queens that have gas?
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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