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Re: NJ Commuters skeptical about idea to bypass Port Authority's bus terminal

Posted by NJT Oradell on Sat May 12 13:11:28 2012, in response to Re: NJ Commuters skeptical about idea to bypass Port Authority's bus terminal, posted by JAzumah on Sat May 12 12:48:06 2012.

Nonsense. By prohibiting certain vehicles from the area you open up traffic lanes that were previously used by people traveling to the now prohibited area. Those now traveling through the prohibited area as a means of getting from one side of the prohibited area to another would now have the space on the roads outside the prohibited area. Permits allowing people who, for example live in southern Brooklyn and travel to jobs in Jersey City via Canal St in Manhattan could also be available to those who can demonstrate a need for travel through the prohibited area. After 9/11 they prohibited certain vehicles from certain places, but it wasn't done efficiently nor was it meant to be a permanent plan, so it worked poorly.

The issuance of permits doesn't have to be that restrictive either. The parking garage owners would use all of their influence, and they have MUCH influence, to squash any plan that puts them out of business. And over time, as the infrastructure is better built for the purpose, and people become more accustomed to it, you tighten the requirements to obtain a permit. What's being done now is nothing, and it's not working. A graduated plan of permits, started sooner rather than later, would, in time, benefit all.


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