Pedestrian Traffic Managers (PTMs)
Ever try crossing Varick Street after work as you head to the subway? For 3-4 hours every day, cars headed to the Holland Tunnel crowd our streets, making it difficult to get around. With some 50,000 people a day coming and going from Hudson Square, the Hudson Square Connection is now giving pedestrians walking on some of the most traffic-congested streets in Manhattan a fighting chance!
As part of our ongoing effort to strike a balance between locals and Jersey-bound commuters, the Connection hired Sam Schwartz Engineering’s Pedestrian & Traffic Managers (PTMs) to supplement City Traffic Enforcement Agents and ensure that our pedestrians have safe, open crosswalks on Varick Street. After a six month pilot program, we concluded the PTMs help pedestrians and local traffic safely cross Varick Street when Holland Tunnel bound traffic is at its worst – during the PM rush.
In February 2012, the PTMs became a part of life in Hudson Square.
PTM program at a glance
- Making our streets safer and easier to cross
- Preventing motorists from blocking the box
- Creating a better pedestrian experience
- Helping to reduce honking
Generally the PTMs are on the street:
Wednesday – Friday, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where are the PTMs?
Varick Street between Spring and Houston Streets
Results so far:
- Blocked crosswalks decreased by an average of 43%
- Blocked intersections decreased by an average of 61%
- Number of honks decreased by an average of 53%
Sam Schwartz Pedestrian Traffic Management Services, Inc.
322 Eight Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10001