NYC to test restricting deliveries to cut down on congestion

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NEW YORK — New York City will test a pilot program limiting curbside delivery in certain high-traffic commercial zones during peak commuting hours to ease congestion.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the effort on Sunday as part of initiatives the city is undertaking to help get traffic moving more easily. The average speed in Midtown has decreased by 23 percent since 2010.

“Our job is the help people get around,” de Blasio said about his plans.

He says the pilot will run for six months starting in January in specific sections of midtown Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. Curbside deliveries from parked and sometimes double-parked trucks and other vehicles won't be allowed during morning and evening rush hours, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

It will be tested in a sections of Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn.

Other initiatives include expanding enforcement to reduce gridlock at certain key intersections around the city. Current high traffic areas will also be studied.

The announcement does not involve any plan for congestion pricing, something Mayor de Blasio opposes despite the support it has from many transportation groups.

His decision not to include it was called out by Riders Alliance Executive Director John Raskin.

"The mayor is proposing half-measures when he knows perfectly well that the best way to fight traffic is to support a fair and progressive congestion pricing plan that will also raise money to fix public transit," Raskin said.