Press Release

Comptroller Stringer releases bold transit infrastructure agenda to jumpstart post-COVID recovery, fight climate change, and build a five-borough economy

Stringer proposes 17-point plan to revamp and redesign NYC’s transit and streets networks for pedestrians, bicycles, straphangers, and businesses alike

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.

— Scott Stringer

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

Part 2: Refocus Mass Transit to Jumpstart Economic Recovery and Better Serve the Needs of Today’s Working People

Part 3: Reinvest in Essential Infrastructure to Strengthen New York’s Future 

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.