Stringer proposes 17-point plan to revamp and redesign NYC’s transit and streets networks for pedestrians, bicycles, straphangers, and businesses alike
— Scott Stringer
As mayor, I’m going to harness the power of our streets to revolutionize our transportation system for all New Yorkers. Call me the Streets Mayor.
New York, NY – Today, Comptroller Scott Stringer released a 17-point transit and infrastructure plan to overhaul and modernize the city’s streets and bus system, fight climate change, and build a true five-borough economy and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Comptroller Stringer’s transit and infrastructure vision would redesign local streets to build stronger neighborhoods and better serve bus riders, pedestrians, cyclists, and small businesses; refocus mass transit to jumpstart the economic recovery and better serve the needs of today’s working people, and reinvest in essential infrastructure to strengthen New York’s future.
Stringer’s transportation and infrastructure plan “Our Streets, Our Recovery: Let’s Get All New Yorkers Moving” is the third part of his mayoral agenda entitled “The Details to Deliver” — highlighting the need for specific, actionable plans to set New York City on a fundamentally new trajectory and build a city for every New Yorker.
New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer said: “The transit system is the lifeblood of our city, helping move millions of New Yorkers to where they need to go every day. After years of disinvestment and delays, my transportation plan will deliver the lasting change New Yorkers need and deserve. The strength of our economic recovery will depend on whether we invest in our transportation and infrastructure network to serve all New Yorkers’ needs – and my proposal does just that. My plan will redesign streets to ensure bus riders, pedestrians, cyclists, and small businesses can all share streetspace more efficiently, and double down on investing in our aging mass transit infrastructure to build back better as we work to climb out of the economic crisis. As mayor, I’m going to harness the power of our streets to revolutionize our transportation system for all New Yorkers. Call me the Streets Mayor.”
Jon Orcutt, a veteran city transportation and transit advocate and fmr. NYC Department of Transportation policy director said: “I’m really impressed that Scott’s transportation approach is both transformative and detailed and in terms of how we get there. The ambition of city-wide bike and greenway networks is matched with plans to fix the glacial pace of street reconstruction and a strong set of parking reforms.”
Noel Hidalgo, a North Brooklyn resident and safe-streets advocate said: “To prepare for the worst of climate change and post-pandemic era neighborhoods, we need a bold, transformative mobility and street use plan. We need a Mayor who innovates beyond the curb, and takes the whole street. We need a Mayor who brings back stick ball and makes our streets safer, quieter, and accessible to all. Stringer’s plan offers a comprehensive, bold path forward. Stringer’s plan prioritizes safe and dependable mobility. It is a transformative transportation plan where buses roll by every six minutes with not a single car parked in the dedicated lane. Stringer’s transportation plan prioritizes all of us getting to our next destination swiftly, regardless of modality. A safer, greener, healthier city for the 21st century and beyond. I wish every Mayoral candidate would publish a comprehensive and thoughtful plan. I challenge every candidate to come up with a bold mobility plan that gets our city moving for the century we are in, not the one that ended 20 years ago.”
Christine Serdjenian Yearwood, UP-STAND Founder & CEO said: “Scott Stringer’s transportation agenda is comprehensive and forward-thinking. It meets the everyday needs of all of our communities — safer streets, green investments, better accessibility — and would be life-changing for families across the five boroughs.”
Doug Gordon, transit advocate and co-host of “The War on Cars” podcast said: “This is a bold roadmap for a safer, sustainable and more equitable city that will strengthen neighborhoods and make life easier for all New Yorkers. I’m grateful to Scott Stringer for outlining his vision and am confident he has the experience to make it a reality.”
Safe, convenient, affordable transportation is a fundamental right of all New Yorkers, regardless of where you live or work, when or how you commute, or whatever your income, race, and abilities may be. It is also key to the city’s economic recovery and our ability to combat climate change. As mayor, Scott Stringer will work hard to get all New Yorkers moving.
Stringer’s transportation and infrastructure plan reimagines our streets and transit system, by addressing three core priorities:
Part 1: Redesign Local Streets to Build Stronger Neighborhoods and Better Serve Bus Riders, Pedestrians, Families, and Small Businesses
- Permanently open up street space to support local restaurants, retailers, and communities: Scott’s plan will modernize our streetscapes to support local restaurants, retailers, and communities and make the city more pedestrian-friendly. Scott’s plan will widen sidewalks and pedestrianize streets, and introduce space for more seating, bus shelters, bike parking, public restrooms, improved garbage collection, playstreets and playgrounds, plazas, public performances, and more.
- Invest massively in safe cycling infrastructure to expand access to jobs, schools, stores, and neighborhood amenities: Scott’s plan will fundamentally overhaul how we design, enforce, maintain, and connect our bike lane network, ensuring that it is safe enough, wide enough, integrated enough, and fully separated from traffic so that New Yorkers of all ages and experience feel comfortable riding. Scott will create hundreds of miles of truly-protected and separated bike lanes, implementing a first-of-its-kind “bike-to-school” plan, expanding Citi Bike to all five boroughs, upgrading the maintenance of bike lanes, subsidizing e-bike purchases, and dramatically improving bike parking — including secure parking facilities near transit stations, schools, and major corridors.
- Upgrade our bus network to connect more workers to jobs: Scott’s plan will make wholesale bus system improvements to reduce wait times and speed up travel times, including more dedicated bus lanes and busways, improved enforcement, more bus shelters, better designed curbs, more transit signal priority, all-door boarding, and more frequent off-peak service.
- Rationalize on-street parking in New York City: Scott’s plan will meter parking on commercial corridors and reinvest the revenue into local business corridors. Scott will also tackle placard abuse and eliminate off-street parking minimums for new housing development.
- Improve commercial delivery: Scott’s plan will designate sufficient curb space for commercial loading and unloading and encourage the use of sustainable options, like cargo bikes.
- Streamline planning and development of street projects at the DOT and improve community engagement: Scott’s plan will redesign DOT’s community engagement process to get projects up and running by setting clear benchmarks for each neighborhood and working with local residents and businesses to realize these goals.
- Fill ground-floor vacancies to promote walkable communities and neighborhood vitality: Scott’s plan will aggressively work to fill ground-floor vacancies to promote economic recovery, walkable communities, and neighborhood vitality, to realize the vision of true “15-minute” neighborhoods.
Part 2: Refocus Mass Transit to Jumpstart Economic Recovery and Better Serve the Needs of Today’s Working People
- Open up commuter lines for in-city use to expand affordable transit: Scott’s plan will make 41 commuter stations across the 5 boroughs accessible with the swipe of a Metrocard, and at the same cost—effectively expanding our transit system overnight at a fraction of the cost of new construction.
- Build more affordable housing near transit: Scott’s plan will encourage the development of housing options for lower-income New Yorkers around dozens of underutilized subway stations across the city that have the capacity to serve more riders, while protecting existing residents and tenants.
- Work with the MTA to make our subways accessible to all: Scott’s plan will improve access at the 76 percent of subway stations that currently fail to meet accessibility standards and reopen closed subway entrances. Scott will use his control of city streets to accommodate and expedite ADA improvements throughout the subway system and will also ensure that the City’s contribution to the MTA capital budget supports these upgrades.
- Invest in rapid, around the clock transit service so trains and buses arrive at least every 6 minutes, all day every day: Scott will introduce an “NYC in 6” plan to ensure that New Yorkers never wait more than 6 minutes for the next ride, even if they’re traveling outside of rush hour; better serving many frontline and essential workers who operate outside the 9-5.
- Restore 24-Hour Subway Service: Scott’s plan will restore 24-hour subway service because it is a bedrock covenant between the MTA and the residents of New York City.
Part 3: Reinvest in Essential Infrastructure to Strengthen New York’s Future
- Unlock capital infrastructure spending to jumpstart the economy: Scott’s plan will unpause pandemic spending to improve our roads and rails while ensuring a more equitable recovery and good-paying jobs. Scott will kickstart the City’s capital budget while pressing the MTA to fully honor their ambitious five year capital plan.
- Speed up the construction process by reducing bureaucratic barriers at DDC, and create a new Director of Public Space to coordinate street work and investments: Scott’s plan will streamline the budgeting, design, and contracting process, scale back the inefficient Department of Design and Construction, allow agencies to manage more projects in-house, and create an Office of Public Space to coordinate street work and investments.
- Scale back our highway infrastructure and build out community green spaces: Scott’s plan will push to convert obsolete highways into community green spaces and other types of positive neighborhood infrastructure—undoing the lasting harms of the Robert Moses-era and embracing a vision of a healthier, safer, and livelier city, and pursuing environmental justice.
- Support the Gateway rail tunnel project to ease regional traffic: Scott’s plan will prioritize the Gateway tunnel project, doubling rail capacity under the Hudson as well as allow for much needed repairs.
- Build out a five borough bikeway: Scott’s plan will complete a five-borough greenway and bike superhighway—connecting and completing existing greenways to ease travel between neighborhoods and throughout the city.
To read the full Stringer transportation and infrastructure plan, click here.
Scott Stringer grew up in Washington Heights in the 1970s. He attended P.S. 152 on Nagle Avenue and I.S. 52 on Academy Street. He graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Marble Hill and John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, a CUNY school.
Stringer was elected City Comptroller in 2013. Prior to serving as Comptroller, he was Manhattan Borough President from 2006 to 2013 and represented the Upper West Side in the New York State Assembly from 1992 to 2005. He and his wife, Elyse Buxbaum, live in Manhattan with their two children, Max and Miles.