Transit

Chris has made efficient public transportation a focus throughout her career, and believes that no New Yorker should have to commute over an hour to work. She has worked to expand the public transportation infrastructure in New York City, by launching the highly successful East River Ferry Service, while making sure that the system remained accessible to all, including students and seniors. Chris understands the importance of an efficient and robust transportation system to New Yorkers and the city’s economy.

As Speaker, Chris:

  • Successfully pushed the State to restore cuts to Student MetroCards that would have left many students unable to get to school.
  • Removed cars from the road by providing better access to green transportation, including expanding bike storage and parking.
  • Launched the highly successful East River Ferry service, which served 1.6 million riders in its first 18 months, and connects Queens, Brooklyn, And Manhattan.
  • Aggressively opposed MTA fare hikes and service cuts.
  • Partnered with the MTA to improve the accessibility and efficiency of subway station elevators and escalators and ensure that the MTA is conducting multiple daily inspections and performing necessary repairs. Bus stops have also been made more accessible, as thousands of new bus shelters with benches have been installed to better accommodate seniors and handicapped New Yorkers.
  • Changed unjust parking regulations, including the immediate cancellation of unfair parking violations, instituting a policy of no late fees prior to determination of liability, and no stickers for violating alternate-side parking rules.
  • Improved city navigability for New Yorkers with disabilities by implementing the Accessible Pedestrian Signals program, adding accessible online transportation updates, adding wheelchair accessibility language to the Livery Bill Of Rights, and adding an audio for visually-impaired riders.
  • Added transparency to the Department Of Transportation by requiring the Department to post online which streets were recently resurfaced or received capital improvements.

As Mayor, Chris plans to:

  • Ensure that no New Yorker has to spend more than one hour commuting in either direction by 2023. Our current subway system begin in the early 1900s when more than half of all New Yorkers lived in Manhattan and less than 200,000 people lived in Queens. The majority of our current subway system was completed by the 1950s at which point, nearly 70% of the private sector jobs in New York City were located in Manhattan, and the subways helped move people accordingly. Today Manhattan accounts for less than one-fifth of the total population of the city, while nearly 2.3 million people live in Queens and nearly 2.6 million live in Brooklyn. Our population has shifted, but our transit system hasn’t kept up. As a result, New York is now home to 750,000 mega commuters who spend more than an hour commuting to work in either direction — the most in the country. Through targeted investments in the boroughs outside Manhattan, Chris will make sure that by the year 2023 not a single New Yorker has to spend more than an hour traveling to work in either direction.

  • Reduce pedestrian, cyclist and driver fatalities 50 percent by 2021. Chris proposed creating an interagency Safe Streets Working Group tasked with reducing traffic fatalities 50 percent by 2021. The working group, which will include DOT, NYPD, DOHMH, City Planning and other relevant offices, will coordinate new efforts to deter dangerous driving, craft enforcement priorities and support safe street design. The task force will also be charged with:

    • Overseeing the implementation of speed cameras at high fatality locations.

    • Ensuring that existing NYPD resources such as officers and speed guns are effectively targeted to high fatality areas.

    • Determining the locations where crosswalks, countdown clocks and other traffic calming devices should be installed

  • Give New York City control of the MTA. Of the 1.8 billion people who ride the MTA system each year, more than 90% use New York City’s subways and buses. And the vast majority of the dollars that fund that system come from the five boroughs through fares, tolls, and taxes. But right now New Yorkers have little say in how that system is run. The Governor appoints the MTA Chair, and the Mayor has a minority of the appointments to the MTA Board, with the majority of members being appointed by the Governor and by county leaders outside the city. Chris’ plan would give the mayor the power to appoint the head of New York City Transit and a majority of the MTA board members, so we can more effectively respond to the changing needs of our city.

  • Launch 10 new Select Bus Service routes in the next 4 years. Select Bus Service is a form of Bus Rapid Transit, which combines some of the efficiency of rail with the flexibility and lower start up costs of buses. Subways cost roughly $1 billion per mile to construct, while Select Bus Service costs just $1 million a mile. A new Select Bus route can be up and running in less than a year, and will cost much less than a new subway line. Chris will launch 10 new Select Bus routes in the next 4 years, starting with a new route on the North Shore of Staten Island.

  • Install Metrocard kiosks above ground at major bus stops and along select bus service routes. Buses are one of the most effective ways we can expand transit options for New Yorkers quickly and affordably. But if you want to purchase a Metrocard to use on those buses, you might need to go into a subway station to buy it - because Metrocard kiosks are almost exclusively located in subway stations. This can be a major obstacle for New Yorkers with disabilities, seniors, and anyone who doesn’t live or work near a subway stop. Chris will work with the MTA to install Metrocard vending machines along Select Bus Service routes, and at other major bus stops around the city.

  • Expand five borough ferry service, to provide more transportation options and stimulate the local economy. Ferries are much cheaper and easier to start up than a subway line, and the per-rider subsidy is even lower than most bus lines. They’re also one of the greenest forms of mass transit. Chris will expand the successful East River Ferry that she helped launch as Speaker, adding stops to the south at Atlantic Avenue and Red Hook, and to the north in Astoria, Roosevelt Island, 91st Street, and Ferry Point Park in the Bronx.

  • Install countdown clocks outside of subway stations, so New Yorkers can see when the next train is coming before they enter. Over the last few years the MTA has been installing countdown clocks along several subway lines so riders can see in real time when the next train is coming. But at most of these stations, by the time you can see the clock you’re already down the stairs and through the turnstile. Chris will work with the MTA to install additional clocks at the entrances to stations, making it easier for New Yorkers to plan their trip.

  • Save commuters valuable travel time from the Bronx and West Side of Manhattan. Chris will work with the MTA to extend Metro North rail all the way to Penn Station, including four new station stops at Co-Op City, Parkchester, Morris Park, and Hunts Point, with additional stops along the West Side of Manhattan. We’ll take cars off the road, and potentially reduce neighborhoods’ reliance on more expensive express buses – saving subsidy dollars and relieving congestion. And we’ll be able to turn these new stations into hubs for new retail and service jobs.

  • Provide additional bicycle parking options at transit hubs for New Yorkers who want to commute part of the way to work on a bicycle. Many New Yorkers are interested in using bikes for a portion of their commute to work or school, but many commuter transit hubs don’t have adequate bicycle parking options, especially in the boroughs outside Manhattan. As a way to make transferring among trains, buses, ferries and bicycles easier, Chris will work with local communities to increase bicycle parking options at train stations, bus stops and ferry landings. She will also take steps to speed up the process for businesses and building owners who request bike racks in front of their properties.