Quinn Campaign Highlights Goal To Make New Yorkers’ Commutes No Longer Than 1 Hour, Campaign Hits 50 Transit Stops For Morning Rush
The Quinn campaign dispersed throughout all five boroughs this morning, campaigning at 50 different transit stops, to highlight Christine Quinn’s goal of ensuring no commuter in New York has more than a one hour commute to work by 2023. Quinn joined City Councilman Donovan Richards at the Mott Avenue station in Far Rockaway, while high profile supporters like Council Members Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., Jimmy Van Bramer, and State Senator Brad Holyman, campaigned on her behalf at transit stops from Coney Island to Greenwich Village, and from Parkchester to Long Island City and St. George’s Ferry Terminal. At stops throughout the five boroughs, surrogates and supporters highlighted Quinn’s goal of making sure no commuter had more than a 60 minute commute, one way, throughout New York by 2023.
In order to achieve that goal, Quinn has called for adding additional select bus service routes, pushing for local control of the MTA, expanding Metro North service in the Bronx, bringing more jobs to neighborhoods outside of Manhattan and expanding ferry service.
On Monday, in order to highlight the lengths of some New Yorkers’ commutes, Quinn traveled with Yanela Tamayo, a single mother from Springville, Staten Island for a commute that takes an hour and thirty minute. Tamayo’s commute has her walk 5 minutes from her home to the X17 express bus on Staten Island to lower Manhattan, where she then takes the A Train to her midtown job.
“There is no reason why we can’t reduce commute times for New Yorkers living in Far Rockaway, Coney Island, Staten Island, Parkchester, and beyond” said Quinn. “It takes creative ideas and a commitment to using every tool at our disposal to make commutes more efficient. Whether it’s implementing swipe-less Metro Cards or increasing express bus service, where there is a will, there is a way. We’re getting the message out this morning at transit stops throughout New York, if you want to get things done, you need a mayor who has a record of doing it.”
Staten Island Advance: Video: Christine Quinn accompanies Staten Island mother on her commute