Report: 85,000 More Damn Cars will Enter Manhattan’s Core Daily in 2023

If you want a vision of the future, picture Canal Street full of traffic forever. Photo: Joseph Tedeschi

This is the dawning of the age of Carpocalypse.

A new look at post-pandemic travel patterns predicts that fewer people will travel into Midtown and Lower Manhattan in the near-future, but more of them will choose to get there by driving, turning a currently miserable morass of traffic into something even more miserable — the very scenario that many experts warned the mayor about last year, but were ignored.

A survey of commuters by Sam Schwartz Engineering and Clarion Research shows that almost 90,000 extra private cars are going to jam the streets of the city's central living district in 2023. More bad news? The share of public transportation trips into the area is also going to drop.

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