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A couple of weeks ago, Transportation Alternatives organized an e-mail writing campaign to the Mayor's office to urge the Mayor to do something about the cars plaguing Central Park. Issues with car use in the park range from speeding, to pollution, to just an overall dangerous situation of having cars in a park. Today, I got this in my email, since I was one of the folks who sent an e-mail:
Originally Posted by His Honor Mayor Bloomberg
December 3, 2004
Dear Mr. Ferrari:
Thank you for your recent letter regarding vehicular traffic and the Central Park Loop. On November 21, 2004 the New York City Departments of Transportation and Parks & Recreation announced a series of steps that will reduce motor traffic and allow for increased recreational use of Central Park beginning January 3, 2005.
The implementation of these changes started on November 29, 2004 with the closure of five exits and entrances to motorists, the reduction of the speed limit on all Park drives from 30 mph to 25 mph, and the beginning of the HOV 2+ Program along the West Drive. The HOV 2+ Program will encourage carpools, and reduce congestion and vehicle volume by requiring drivers to have at least one passenger in the car between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Other changes, which include reducing the number of hours the Park is open to vehicles, will be in affect after the end of the Central Park holiday traffic plan. Vehicles will be allowed only on the Park's East and West Drives and only between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The entire Park will be closed to motor traffic overnight, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and will remain closed during the hours between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. As has been the case, the Park drives will be closed to motor vehicles on all weekends and City holidays.
For more information please visit the NYC Department of Transportation's website at www.nyc.gov/dot
. Thank you again for writing; we value your participation as we work together to make one of our City's greatest assets more accessible for our many residents and visitors.
Michael R. Bloomberg