City Council Speaker Corey Johnson floated the idea of banning cars along two key Midtown Manhattan thoroughfares Monday, citing the similar prohibition on 14th Street.
“I think the 14th Street bus story is very exciting. I think we should look at it on 34th, on 42nd, on these major thoroughfares,” Johnson said on WNYC Monday.
He called the 14th Street pilot program that limits access to the busy crosstown corridor to vehicles making local deliveries “a raving success,” citing improved travel time for MTA buses using the route.
“It’s something to build on and hopefully will be a model for other places in New York City,” he said.
He said a report is due in November that will provide data about the 14th Street pilot.
City and MTA data show that crosstown buses that once crawled are now moving 30 percent faster, causing ridership to soar.