Mass transit: Gas prices may succeed where government policies fail

07/3/2008 | NYTimes.com

Higher gas prices have contributed to two straight months of lighter traffic at bridges and tunnels operated by New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and owners of parking lots have seen their business drop by about 10%. New York's subways and commuter rail lines, on the other hand, have seen ridership grow by 5% to 10%. Experts say continued high gas prices could achieve the goal Mayor Michael Bloomberg envisioned when he proposed congestion pricing for commuters: reducing Manhattan's traffic by 6.3%.

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