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Designated Boarding Areas For Horse-drawn Cabs In Central Park

September 4, 2018

By Stephanie West

NEW YORK, NY—  New York City will be establishing designated passenger boarding areas for horse-drawn cabs at several Central Park entrances. Locations will be moved from heavily-congested nearby locations along Central Park South.

“By limiting boarding of horse-drawn cabs to designated areas within Central Park, the amount of time that horses spend alongside vehicular traffic will be reduced – thus reducing potential harm to the animals,” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg.

Relocating boarding areas within Central Park will reduce the amount of time that horses spend alongside vehicular traffic. This will limit horses’ interaction and potential conflict with vehicular traffic, thereby promoting the safety and well-being of the horses. The proposed rule will not reduce the overall space allotted to boarding areas and is expected to take effect later this fall. A public hearing is scheduled in October.

“While moving the passenger boarding area for horse drawn cabs will not wholly eliminate the possibility for conflicts between horses and other modes of transportation, taking the reasonable step will reduce the amount of time that horses spend alongside of vehicular traffic and thereby limit horses’ interaction and potential conflict with vehicular traffic,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett.

September 4, 2018

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