During the pope’s visit, Manhattan drivers will face dozens of street closures on the Upper East Side and Upper West Side, in midtown and in TriBeCa.
Meanwhile, users of public transportation may also face changes to more than two dozen bus routes, though transit authorities say they may be adding additional commuter and subway trains.
Despite this, transportation experts say New York City will be able to handle the crowds for the pope’s visit far better than other cities on his trip with less mass transit, like Philadelphia. Many of the pope’s scheduled stops, at Madison Square Garden and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, for example, are also close to major subway hubs.
“New York is not Philadelphia or Washington,” said Mitchell Moss of the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation. “The vast majority of New Yorkers will function quite well. The subways are a great savior in this.”
He added that the city is also used to taking in massive crowds for events that range from political conventions to concerts.… read more > “New York City traffic guide for Pope Francis visit”