A new program designed to encourage theatregoing and improve traffic flow in Manhattan was unveiled Nov. 21 at the Imperial Theatre, where Les Miserables is playing.
The "Park & Ride Wednesdays" program provides a free MetroCard Fun Pass to visitors who opt to park their cars at the Shea Stadium Park & Ride and take public transit instead of driving into town.
The program encourages NYC visitors to take advantage of the city — seeing the sights, shopping for the holidays and, of course, catching a Wednesday Broadway matinee — by making it easier to get around the city. The fun pass allows for a free day of travel on the MTA's subway and bus system.
Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and The Phantom of the Opera — Broadway's three Cameron Mackintosh musicals — are official sponsors of the new program created by NYC & Company (the Convention and Visitors Bureau), The Mayor's Office, the Department of Transportation, the Police Department and the MTA.
NYC & Co president Christine Lategano-Nicholas and Transit Department executive director Marc Shaw announced the program. Les Miz performers Catherine Brunell (who plays Eponine and introduced the morning announcement), Tobi Foster (Cosette) and Christopher Mark Peterson (Enjolras) and Miss Saigon's Elizabeth Paw (Kim at certain performances) were also on hand. The offer is opening to motorists who par at the Shea Stadium Park & Ride Wednesdays 10 AM-2 PM Nov. 22-Jan. 3.