Midtown Manhattan Circulation and Surface Transit Study and Demonstration Project

by Walter H. Kraft, (M.ASCE), Vice Pres.; Edwards and Kelcey, Engrg. Planning Environmental Services, 1 World Trade Center, Suite 8721, New York, N.Y. 10048,
Samuel I. Schwartz, Asst. Commissioner; New York City Dept. of Transportation, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 2, Pg. 197-212

Document Type: Journal Paper


Low cost capital improvement techniques can be used to improve the efficiency of surface transportation systems as demonstrated in New York City. A project was undertaken to improve air quality in midtown Manhattan by redesigning vehicle usage and promoting transit. To assist in the evaluation of Midtown's surface transportation system, a conceptual model was developed with modal, operational and physical elements. All aspects of the movement of persons and vehicles were investigated and an overall circulation plan was developed. A number of projects were selected for demonstration to indicate the effectiveness of the various strategies in improving the efficiency of the transit system.

Subject Headings: Air quality | Vehicles | Assets | Aircraft and spacecraft | Physical models | Terrain models | Construction costs | New York City | New York | United States

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