How I’ll enhance quality of transportation in the district:
- Investing in the MTA and monitoring performance. Along with improving train performance,a priority is to stabilize and increase bus ridership.
- Ensuring low earners have access to public transportation via installation of the “Fair Fares” budget initiative
- Enhance road safety via speed cameras around school zones, low touch traffic calming infrastructure installed by DOT, bike lane advocacy and supporting congestion pricing.
- Managing and becoming a stakeholder/advocate for community board and MTA discussions on infrastructure proposals within the district
Let’s turn around the rhetoric that the streets of NY are too dangerous for alternative transportation. I recognize if “you build it, they will come” and that there are safety in numbers.
(traffic calming infrastructure installed by DOT)
Legislation to increase the number of school speed cameras was passed in the Assembly in June 2017 but withheld from a vote by Senate leadership. I’ll fight to renew this effort and throw it back into the hands of Albany, reach out to State Senators and work with transportation organizations to devise and implement alternatives either citywide or locally to the district.
Taking a bold step forward in leveling the field of transportation also includes
- Legalizing Electric Bikes strictly on bike paths with speed limits not in excess of “15mph”.
- Expanding CitiBike in Crown Heights by also including Scooters which can be added to the current dock of bikes.
- “Scooters for Schools” program - low cost scooters during the year available only to students.
Get behind a congestion pricing plan that charges fees for entering Manhattan and for-hire car services to relieve congestion, make streets safer and reduce air pollution. This plan is captured in the MoveNY proposal, which I support. I’ll also fight to ensure that revenue from these fares goes towards NYC infrastructure and MTA capital improvements to the benefit of those in the district that ride public transport.
Congestion pricing will improve bus performance. Furthermore, I’ll work with bus-minded transportation organizations such as TransitCenter that are acutely aware of how to inform and assess the DOT and MTA. Bus performance is impaired by personal vehicle traffic in bus lanes, however, NYPD rarely cites motorists. Under my civilian review board for the NYPD proposal, constituents will be more in control of the flow of buses through our district.
According to City & State Magazine, the goal of the Fair Fares program is “to convince the mayor and City Council to fund subsidized MetroCards for low-income New Yorkers, at a cost of roughly $212 million – a mere 0.25 percent of the city’s $84.7 billion preliminary budget.”
Historically, proposals by the DOT for new infrastructure and roadway re-purposing has been abandoned because of how its proceedings developed with community boards. I believe that a mutually beneficial relationship can be forged between the two groups.