Traffic

New York's high-cost traffic war

New York City traffic
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Come 2021, American cities will be able to look to New York to determine whether traffic can be reduced if you tax it.

Catch up quick: Cars and trucks will pay fees, based on the time of day and day of week, to enter Manhattan south of 60th street. (Passenger cars will only be charged once per day.) The fees will be set by the same authority that runs the subway, with the cash intended for much-needed capital improvements (including that subway).

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Cities are experimenting with ways to reduce traffic ahead of AVs

Night view of Times Square in New York City with cars in traffic
Times Square in New York City. Photo: Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images

Cities are adopting tolling and closed-loop shuttle buses to mitigate traffic, to integrate AVs into public transit, and to prepare for the possibility that AVs used in ride-hailing could exacerbate urban congestion.

The big picture: Reducing congestion in densely populated, trafficked metro areas will require distributing people more strategically across transit options and routes.