“The gridlock we experienced today shows that the New York metropolitan region is in a transportation emergency,” Cuomo said in a statement released by his office.
“I think anybody that tried to drive around New York City today realized there are a lot of cars on the road," Bloomberg said in press conference Wednesday afternoon. "Traffic is very heavy."
Bloomberg said it was necessary to require carpools on Manhattan roads because "[T]he streets just cannot handle the number of cars that have tried to come in.
"I’ve ordered that the four East River bridges be restricted to High Occupancy Vehicles only tonight — coming into Manhattan — meaning three or more people per vehicle — all day on Thursday and all day on Friday 6 a.m. to midnight," he said. “So from 6 a.m. to midnight, if you’re coming into Manhattan on one of those bridges, you have to have three people in the car."
Bloomberg and Cuomo said New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) was establishing bus-only lanes to replace subway trains that are unable to run between Manhattan and Brooklyn.