Aaron M. Renn tells a story in the Guardian about New York City’s many attempts to control the car, and a guy called “Gridlock Sam” (Sam Schwartz). As deputy traffic commissioner, he developed highly successful contingency plans to deal with the 1979 NYC transit strike. In some ways, this reminds me of Vancouver’s success at dealing with the road and other closures during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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A failed idea from 1971

Today, we tend to think of congestion pricing as a new idea, but New York has been trying to implement some variant of it for decades. . . . The debate is only going to intensify. Traffic congestion is worsening in Manhattan, the subways are overcrowded and increasingly unreliable, and the state is struggling to pay for it all. Whether congestion pricing passes or not, the price will be paid, one way or another.

Many thanks to Todd Litman for the heads up.