Traffic-clogged highways and bridges continue to be New York City's hallmark in the fifth day of a transit strike that is costing 100 million dollars a day in lost business revenues and salaries.
Brooklyn and Williamsburg bridges
Traffic on highway
Aerial, cars on bridge, people walking
Cars stopping and starting
George Washington Bridge
Traffic on bridge, 2 shots
Various shots of bridges and traffic, pedestrians.
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Background: Traffic-clogged highways and bridges continue to be New York City's hallmark in the fifth day of a transit strike that is costing 100 million dollars a day in lost business revenues and salaries.
People commuting to the main borough in New York City, Manhattan, arose hours earlier than they normally do in order to attempt reaching their places of business on time.
An additional 40 thousand automobiles are being driven into the city each day the transit strike of 36 thousand subway and bus employees continues. They mainly use the bridges that span the East River Brooklyn and Queens to the south of Manhattan. These bridges also have sidewalks, and since the strike began on January 1st, pedestrians have crowded these walkways into Manhattan in the early morning and out during the evening exodus.
A trade and commerce association has estimated the daily loss during the strike at 100 million dollars. Some business firms say their revenue has been cut in half.
The striking transport workers union turned down a request by Mayor John Lindsay to return to work while negotiations continue. The two-year contract expired midnight, December 31st.
The George Washington Bridge, which runs between upper West side Manhattan and New Jersey, does not usually carry heavy commuter traffic anyway. Its traffic patterns have not changed and this is shown in our film, in contrast to other bridges.
The city asked business in lower Manhattan to stagger their hours in order to spread the commuter load over a longer period of time.