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8 But, it must be borne in mind that unless public mass transportation comes into much more general use, the feed-in of more cars into New York City will only increase the congestion of surface traffic which already is stretched to the breaking point. This clearly casts doubt on the fundamental desirability of new vehicular tunnels and bridges. It is probable they will not speed traffic; they may only impede it. Perhaps some of this traffic is unnecessary. Although 85,000 out-of-towners drive to their work in New York daily, for the most part with only one person in a car, it is equally discouraging to realize that 135,000 New York City residents also drive to work in Manhattan. Our city planners must consider all methods of transportation, no matter how exotic they may sound at the moment. The rapid transit system must be greatly expanded and improved to provide mass transportation throughout the growing metropolitan region. Indeed this may well be the most important single objective for prompt and continuing action. The degree of success obtained would be a lasting monument to any city administration. The waterways can help with hydrofoils and hovercraft. Airways, intra-city as well as inter-city, must be developed and exploited. To make our city accessible, more attractive to those coming to it or going from it as travelers, tourists, or as businessmen, every available means of transportation must be fully utilized.
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