Transportation

Any vision for New York City must include a comprehensive plan for transportation.  The city should follow best practices in design, enforcement, and policy to maximize public safety for all and put public space to its highest use.    

 

Fixing Our Subways & Buses
Subways and buses are the lifeblood of this city, yet much of our infrastructure has not been upgraded in decades. We need to:

  • Commit real resources to the MTA’s Capital Plan, which includes signal and communications upgrades, station improvements, and major accessibility improvements.

  • Improve the reliability and efficiency of our buses, in part by expanding the Bus Lane Camera program.

  • Increase oversight and demand major organizational reforms within the MTA.

 

Prioritizing Bike & Pedestrian Safety

City streets should be safe for everyone and we need to re-imagine our streets with all forms of transportation in mind. Our city is in dire need of better biking and pedestrian infrastructure. Despite the increase in bike traffic throughout the city during the pandemic, funding for these improvements has been lacking.

  • Fix the 2nd Avenue Gap - currently there is a major gap in protected bike infrastructure along 2nd Avenue. There have been plans to close the gap for years, but the DOT's most recent plans have been delayed due to COVID-19. We must prioritize this project and close the gap once and for all.

  • Reform Crash Investigations - the city should adopt recommendations by Transportation Alternatives that “primary responsibility for responding to fatal and injury crashes be moved away from NYPD officers alone, and that the City’s crash response be expanded to include the Department of Health and the DOT.”

  • Expand Open Streets - though initially instituted to allow people to socially distance during the COVID-19 pandemic, Open Streets have become a welcome sight for many New Yorkers who enjoy being able to walk, ride bikes, and play with their kids on streets formerly occupied by cars. The city should keep and expand the Open Streets program, in partnership with neighborhood groups.

  • Reimagine Trash Pickup - New Yorkers have grown accustomed to the sight of piles of trash on their sidewalks, but many other cities have found creative ways to deal with trash that do not involve blocking pedestrians. We should install large trash bins on side streets, and move the garbage off of the sidewalks.

Reducing Congestion

We must work to decrease the number of cars that come into Manhattan every day by effectively implementing congestion pricing. We also need to develop a comprehensive plan for truck deliveries, which often take up entire lanes of traffic during some of the busiest times of day. We could do this by:

  • Incentivizing businesses to receive deliveries during off hours.

  • Creating dedicated loading and unloading zones.

  • Limiting the size of vehicles allowed on certain streets.

 

Protecting Transit Workers

Over 100 transit workers have died from COVID-19 related complications since this crisis began. We must:

  • Demand that NYC Transit provide all transit workers with necessary protective gear.

  • Insist that the MTA appoint a health expert to determine which transit workers are high-risk and direct those workers to stay home.

  • Fight for billions in federal funding for New York’s transit system, which has seen a 93 percent drop in ridership since the crisis began.

 

Ending Placard Abuse
In 2019 the City Council passed a package of bills aimed at cracking down on the abuse of parking placards. Despite that effort, placard abuse still runs rampant in the city, and the Mayor just cut the NYPD division charged with enforcing these laws. We must do more:

  • Move enforcement from the NYPD to the DOT.

  • Implement the Pay-By-Plate system, which will allow traffic enforcement units to scan a license plate and determine instantly if the placard is valid.

  • Create a public reporting system which would allow civilians to report suspected placard abuse, similar to the system citizens can now use to report idling vehicles.


As the city begins to recover from this awful pandemic, we have an opportunity to completely reimagine our streets in a way that makes travel easier for pedestrians, public transit riders, and cyclists alike. We cannot be a 21st century city without investing in our transportation infrastructure, for ourselves and for future generations.

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