NY1: Why is Bloomberg So Weak on Transportation?

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Fifty-nine percent of New Yorkers say Mayor Bloomberg is doing a poor-to-fair job on transportation.

Jon Orcutt, Executive Director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign was on New York 1’s "In Transit" this weekend discussing the results of a survey showing that most New Yorkers are unhappy with Mayor Bloomberg’s job on transportation. Click here to see the video.

NY1: We showed the DOT your poll and they said, ‘We’re doing things to alleviate traffic, like Thru-Streets and Bus Rapid Transit.’

Orcutt: Thru-Streets is a molecule in a drop in a bucket. It’s not addressing traffic congestion. It’s not addressing any part of the city other than a very limited piece of Midtown. Bus Rapid Transit is stuck as a study. There is no Bus Rapid Transit in New York City and at the pace they are moving, which is about the pace of the M34 bus, we aren’t going to see any Bus Rapid Transit during Mayor Bloomberg’s term of office.

The mayor needs to really light a fire under the DOT to get much more ambitious initiatives underway. The mayor needs to a stronger attitude regarding New York City Transit even though he doesn’t directly control it. The Mayor has a pretty big microphone in this town and he should use it.

  • Anon

    Right on. Without orders from the Mayor, City DOT will just continue on its normal pro-car policies, with its head in the ground.

  • Bruce

    When will New York finally embrace modern light rail, which provides far superior transportation to buses? How is it that over the past 25 years nearly 20 cities have built modern light rail lines? We can find one right across the Hudson in Jersey City?

    The long-stalled 42nd street light rail line would do wonders for Midtown Manhattan, as it would efficiently connect the Javits Center, Port Authority Bus Terminal, Times Square with its theaters and hotels, the Public Library, Grand Central, and the United Nations.

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