Plan to implement Herald Square pedestrian plaza

April 23, 2010 3:22:29 PM PDT
It's a plan to make New York City more pedestrian friendly.A permanent pedestrian plaza from Herald Square to the Empire State Building.

Plans are in the works.

The city is also trying to combat some of the slowest bus routes in Manhattan. That's why Mayor Bloomberg wants to redraw the traffic plan right through midtown.

The city wants an automobile free zone at 34th Street between 5th Avenue and Avenue of the Americas.

The plan is for the plaza to be much like the one in Times Square.

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The plaza would be bookended by Herald Square and the Empire State Building.

It would mean the street would basically be split into two.

On the west side of the plaza -- traffic would move west towards the Hudson River.

On the east -- traffic would move eastbound towards the East River.

Buses would still go both ways, but through the pedestrian plaza, they would have designated lanes -- separate from cars.

The design of the plaza is expected in 2011. Then the street should be ready to use in 2012.

Transit advocates believe in the idea. The plan is said to cost about $30 million.

They believe that more people would use mass transit and it would also make it easier for pedestrians to navigate 34th Street.