What Scott’s Done:
A more resilient and equitable transportation system will not only help our city recover from the pandemic in the short-term, but also serve residents, workers, and businesses long into the future. Scott Stringer will take this moment of rebuilding to make our transportation system stronger, and deliver on the promise of connecting all New Yorkers to jobs, resources, and loved ones across the five boroughs. Scott has a comprehensive plan for a safer, stronger transportation system that is more affordable, equitable, sustainable, accessible, and convenient for all New Yorkers — a plan that will get our great city back to work and back in business.
Reclaim local streets for communities and economic opportunity
- Permanently open up street space to support local communities and businesses by widening sidewalks and pedestrianizing streets — with more space for seating, bus shelters, bike parking, public restrooms, improved garbage collection, playstreets and playgrounds, plazas, public performances, and much more. Street redesigns will also make our city safer, helping to reduce the risk of injury to pedestrians and bikers alike.
- Massively invest in safe cycling infrastructure, including more and better designed protected bike lanes, stronger bike-lane enforcement, doubled bike parking, expanded bike-share to all five boroughs, and subsidized bike-share membership and e-bike purchases.
- Launch a first-of-its-kind “bike-to-school” program to encourage safe and sustainable biking options for high school students on their commutes to and from school.
- Upgrade our bus network to connect more workers to jobs, reduce wait times, and speed up travel times. Scott will be the “Bus Mayor,” introducing more dedicated bus lanes and busways, improved lane enforcement, more bus shelters, better designed curbs, more transit signal priority, all-door boarding, and more frequent off-peak service.
- Rationalize parking by metering parking on commercial corridors (and reinvesting the revenue into local business corridors), ending placard abuse, and eliminating off-street parking minimums for new housing development.
- Bring order to the chaotic growth of commercial and residential delivery by designating sufficient curb space for commercial loading and unloading and stimulating the use of sustainable alternatives, like cargo bikes, to unclog our streets, reduce emissions, and speed up delivery.
- Realize the “15-minute” walkable neighborhood by filling ground-floor vacancies, and ensuring all essential daily needs are accessible to all New Yorkers.
Realign transit service for our 21 century, 24-hour economy
- Launch “NYC in 6”: a plan to invest in rapid, round-the-clock transit service to support frontline workers and non-work trips late at night and early in the morning, and ensure that New Yorkers never wait more than 6 minutes for the next ride, any time of day.
- Open up commuter lines for in-city use, lowering fares at New York City’s 41 Metro-North and LIRR stations to $2.75 — effectively add several new subway lines overnight.
- Build more affordable housing near up to 100 subway and commuter rail stations across the city that have capacity for more riders — the cheapest and most effective way to increase transit access in New York City.
- Push MTA to make our subways accessible to all, making stations ADA compliant, reopening closed subway entrances, and improving station design for mobility-impaired residents, seniors, and children. Scott will streamline street work permits and closures to get it done quickly.
- Restore 24-hour subway service.
Stronger, Greener Transportation Infrastructure
- Make congestion pricing a reality, partnering with the Biden administration to deliver on a sustainable revenue stream for our transportation projects.
- Unlock and unpause capital infrastructure spending to jumpstart the economy and deliver well paying construction jobs.
- Streamline the City’s capital construction process to reduce costs and delays: overhauling the budgeting, design, and contracting process; eliminating the Department of Design and Construction and empowering agencies to manage more projects in-house with interagency coordination and support from a new Office of Public Space.
- Scale back our highway infrastructure and build out community green spaces, rolling back the Robert Moses legacy of destructive highway building and advancing environmental justice, starting with the BQE, which can be transformed into a two-mile linear park.
- Support the Gateway rail tunnel project to bolster the regional economy.
- Build out a 425-mile five borough bikeway, connecting and completing existing greenways to ease travel between neighborhoods and throughout the city.