From the NY Post:
GPS data from 1.1 million yellow-cab rides in the area bounded by Fifth and Ninth avenues and 59th and 23rd streets showed that travel times decreased overall by 7 percent, Bloomberg said.
Uptown driving sped up most, gaining an additional average 1.1 miles per hour and decreasing travel times by 17 percent.
But motorists heading downtown faced travel-time increases averaging 2 percent.
Eastbound trips sped up by 5 percent and westbound trips by 9 percent, the results show.
But data compiled from 5,700 rides taken by DOT analysts showed far worse crosstown results, with 13 percent slowdowns in both directions.
Bloomberg acknowledged that some travel times -- the main thrust of his argument to create the pedestrian plazas -- fell short of his prediction last year that downtown travel times would improve by 17 percent and uptown rides by 37 percent.
But traffic safety improved, the mayor said. Accidents were down 39 percent.
From CBS 2:
"I am disturbed that the expectations, the goals, have not been met and I think before you rush to make something permanent you really have to step back and do an assessment and say is this really in the public interest," Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer said.
Stringer was one of a number of public officials who told CBS 2 HD they're upset Bloomberg banned traffic from the crossroads of the world without sufficient public input, especially since many areas became more congested.
Stringer said there should be public hearings before anything is set in stone.
"I want to see a real analysis. I want to see the data. I think you don't announce something is permanent before you share all this information with various communities, civic and political leaders," Stringer said.
From Lost City:
The City announced that Bloomberg's idiot experiment to turn Times Square into a hideous trailer-park back lawn will now become permanent. Because everyone likes it so much? No. Because Bloomberg does what he likes with the City and never admits he wrong about anything and a certainly never listens to any voice other than his own nasal, annoying one.