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New York set to ban cars from Times Square

May 24, 2009 at 2:20 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, May 24 (UPI) -- Many New York residents and tourists alike say the city's plan to ban cars from traveling through Times Square is a great idea.

The New York Daily News said Saturday some people have applauded the plan to ban all traffic from Broadway between 42nd and 47th Street in Times Square starting Sunday night.

"I think it's going to bring more people and they'll be more comfortable," local food vendor John Galanopolous said of the plan, which will also ban cars from 33rd and 35th Street in Herald Square.

Pittsburgh resident Bill Buettin agreed the traffic ban in those areas would make pedestrian travel easier in New York.

"Not having to worry about crosswalks and stop lights makes it that much easier," the tourist told the Daily News.

But at least one New York resident was less than supportive of the plan, which he feels could hinder the city's numerous motorists.

"There's going to be more traffic. It's not going to work," taxi driver Rafi Hassan told the Daily News. "Most of our customers are here."

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