Pricing won’t help with congestion
To the editor:
Apparently April Fool’s Day is Judgment Day for congestion fees here in New York City. It is the day, following Mr. de Blasio on WNYC, when wisdom will be brought to bear and traffic congestion will be made a thing of the past.
Unfortunately, while congestion fees may help the cash-strapped MTA, the practice will do nothing for congestion… and we all know it!
The reason: Traffic congestion was not caused by a cash shortage in the MTA. Congestion is an above-ground problem, and no amount of MTA money, and no amount of on-time public service will get at its causes. The first cause was the deliberate increase years ago in the number of yellow cabs. The second cause is the number and sizes of Uber and Lyft vehicles that found their way onto our streets — 100,000 if current figures are correct. And finally, though not causal, the introduction of bike lanes has squeezed cars, cabs, vans, trucks, limos and buses into an already crowded center-of-the-road.
Clearly, if our streets are over-crowded with vehicular traffic, the trick would be to lessen the traffic. No? Years ago, maybe 46, there existed, we were told at the time, a shortage of gas. So, that being so, we did the relevant and uncomfortable thing, we eased the demand for gas. We instituted odd/even days: if your license ended in an odd number you drove on odd days (and even number, on even days). Like it or not, the remedy actually had the cause as its target.
So… about congestion…We know the problem; we know its cause(s); like current and soon-to-be climate disasters, we know what flipped us from busy to congested.
Of course, having identified the problem, we come well-equipped in speech to deny the inconvenient truths as our political processes institutionalize our denials.
John M. Giannone, ST
If the driving regs ain’t broke…
This letter is a followup to the letter, “A royal screwup on 20th St.,” T&V, Jan. 10, about the changes in street design and traffic rules.
They took down the prohibition of turning left on 20th Street to the FDR North. Finally a bit of common sense (or maybe public pressure).
I was speaking to someone over the weekend who is trying to get on the ballot as a delegate.
He mentioned that he thought the changes to the left turns on 14th street were probably due to the construction on the L train.
But since they have amended the schedule don’t you think they should amend the changes?
Name withheld, ST
Smiling all the way from the bank
Thank you very much to the person who returned my wallet. It was a godsend.
I was getting money from the ATM on Friday at the Chase Bank on 23rd Street and First Avenue and I left my wallet with all my cards on the side. I panicked because I know I can’t replace it all. Then I got a call from the bank saying someone had returned it. I wanted to say thank you, but they left no name.
It was all intact; and I had just made a large withdrawal and it was all there, all my charge cards and hospitalization cards. It was a godsend because it’s almost impossible to replace those. So I’m hoping the right person will see this. Thank you.
Alexander Young, PCV
Thanks for supporting local Scouts
I want to thank Cathryn Duhigg of Cauz for Pawz and Carole Husiak of Ibiza Kidz for allowing me to sell Girl Scout cookies at their stores last weekend (March 16, 17). They are awesome!
Thank you also to the customers who came to support my cookie business.
Maddie Noveck, ST
Cadette Girl Scout Troop 3225
Editor’s note: Maddie is a veteran cookie-selling champ, having been the highest selling Girl Scout in Manhattan in 2015 at the age of eight. To support her entrepreneurial spirit, treat yourself to some Thin Mints online.