NY1 reports that tour buses will now be expected to pay parking meters in Lower Manhattan, since the September 11th memorial is expected to attract around five million visitors annually. The influx of visitors will be brought downtown by charter buses, which lead to air pollution, noise pollution from idling vehicles and loads of traffic congestion! While tourists and visitors are encouraged to take mass transit to the region, there will still be lots and lots of buses converging on the area.
â€œThe real issue with the tour buses is one of pollution, itâ€™s one of traffic congestion, itâ€™s one affecting the residents and the small businesses down here,â€ said Julie Menin, chairwoman of Community Board 1.
Buses will be allowed to drop passengers off and pick them up at Trinity Place and Church Street bus stops during off-peak hours. The buses can wait at already existing bus layover zones or at newly created ones. Drivers will be expected to feed muni meters, which might cause bus fare to rise, as well. The price buses will have to pay has yet to be determined.
To minimize traffic overflow, 1,500 visitors will be allowed into the memorial per hour.
Do you think this parking meter plan will work?