This week, the CDC released guidelines encouraging commuters around the world to stop using public transportation and drive to work.
Alex Meltsin, an entrepreneur working at CityTech in Brooklyn, has already given up public transit. It is preparing for more traffic than ever.
“I think it’s going to be worse,” said Meltsin. “I took a train from time to time, four or five times a month. Now I would not take the train. I would definitely take the car anywhere. “
The CDC says traveling by car would reduce the possibility of being infected with the coronavirus. He says employers should encourage workers to use their cars by reimbursing parking costs. Local elected officials and transport agencies are furious.
“We cannot be in a situation where everyone is abandoning public transit for cars so clearly that management did not have New York in mind,” city council president Corey Johnson told NY1.
The National Association of City Transportation Officials said the council was “wrong, dangerous and unworkable for cities.” The head of the MTA calls him “confusing.”
The city estimates that up to 400,000 people will return to work next month as restrictions on coronaviruses are lifted.
The president of the MTA asked the business community in an open letter to do their part, like hours of work spread out.
The mayor of Blasio was asked about New Yorkers who do not have a car and do not feel comfortable using public transportation.
“There is not always the possibility of helping everyone all the time in terms of transport needs,” de Blasio said during his coronavirus briefing on Friday. “People will have to improvise and I think they will. “
It could mean taking a car, like Queens resident David Floyd, who said he was an “avid” driver of the F and R lines.
“It’s not that I don’t like public transportation because I find it convenient, but I don’t think it’s going to be too safe,” said Floyd.
But the city’s transportation commissioner said a special advisory committee would find a way to avoid Carmageddon.
“There have been a lot of ideas put on the table: HOV, different license plates, a lot of potential means that we can consider to manage traffic, some of which this city has been very successful, for example after September 11 and after Hurricane Sandy, “said Trottenberg.
The panel will publish its recommendations to avoid the deadlock over the next month while the city is in its first phase of reopening for business. this initial phase, which should begin on June 8.