T.A. Develops Plan for New
York's Transportation Future
1. Increase Security,
Create New Public Places and Encourage Walking and Cycling
- Increase security and
create impressive plazas and public spaces. London's financial district
permanently restricted vehicle access after a costly car-bombing a decade
ago. There and in hundreds of Western European cities, essential motor
vehicles have electronic passes which briefly lower barriers. NYC should
follow London's lead and restrict vehicles in the Wall St. area, near
Grand Central and create new pedestrian areas at Times, Herald and Union
- Improve foot and bicycle
access to transit. Widen crowded sidewalks near Penn Station and Port
Authority and create secure bike parking and lanes near subway and train
2. Expand Transit Quickly
- Immediately increase
service on existing subway and bus routes, sustain the increase with
commuter and gas taxes. Immediately, and permanently, convert all HOV
lanes at area bridges, tunnels and highways into bus only lanes. Launch
regional high speed bus network. This has halved trip times for buses
using the The Goethals, SIE, Verrazano, Gowanus, Battery, FDR route, LIE to
Midtown Tunnel and Queensboro Bridge.
- Create "Super Bus
Transit" network within the City - Install physically separated, bus
only lanes and loading stations to move very large numbers of passengers
quickly. Install in Manhattan: First and Second Avenues, West Side
Highway; and critical cross town connectors on 57th, 42nd,34th 23rd, 14th,
Houston and Canal.
- Clear transitways, bike
lanes and emergency routes. Equip buses and bus stops with enforcement
cameras that can issue tickets for blocking bus stops and lanes. (London
just installed 800.) Double the fine for bus and bike lanes and fire
zones. Provide fire engines and express buses with traffic signal
overrides as is done in many other cities.
- Start Building the Second
Avenue subway and push for completion of LIRR connection to Grand Central.
3. Raise Money and Reduce
- Toll East River Bridges.
Yes, this means approval from City Council, the State Legislature and
Congress, but it is essential. EZ Pass and non-stop tolling technology
means no toll plaza and no jams. Flexible tolls, reduce rush hour traffic
and are already used by the MTA and Port Authority. At $3.50 a trip,
tolling the bridges would generate $550 million a year. Of this, $100
million would go straight to maintaining and rebuilding crumbling streets
and bridges around the city.
- Raise the NYC gas tax by
20 cents a gallon. Devote funds to street and bridge repair to increased
- Restore the commuter tax
and devote it to increasing subway and bus service.
- Use scarce curb space
smartly: Charge variable fees for all on-street parking south of 60th
street in Manhattan and all commercial parking in NYC. This will sharply
reduce double parking and ensure critical vehicles access to the curb.
- Reserve corner parking
spots in Midtown for taxi pick-up drop-off.
- Accelerate the
Trans-Hudson Freight Tunnel for completion in 2007.
- Substantially Increase
funding for Cross-Harbor "Float Bridge" container barges.
5. Roads and Bridges
- Replace the Gowanus
Expressway with a tunnel.
- Fix it First: Spend $300
million in commuter and gas tax revenue every year to maintain and repair
bridges and streets. Also, increase the repaving schedule and the use of
new methods and incentive contracts for paving.
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