Scott Stringer Asks: What Are Your Budget Priorities?

If you had to choose where the city should cut funding, which mode of transportation would you target? Personal automobiles, cabs, Access-A-Ride? How about buses, subways, bikes, and pedestrian safety enhancements?

This somewhat loaded prompt is one of several transportation-related questions posed by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in an online survey on the next city budget. There’s also an open-ended comment section at the end.

Results will be included as part of Stringer’s response to the mayor’s budget proposal, which calls for $5 million in cuts to DOT "Complete Streets" projects. The deadline for responses is this Friday, March 5. If you have a few minutes to spare this week, it couldn’t hurt to click on over.

  • Niccolo Machiavelli

    Good questions. Especially since virtually 100% of these readers are registered voters. And part of your readers gospel is that the majority of NYC do not even own cars.
    However, how many of the transit committed households are regitered voters? A proximate statistic, perhaps more directly relevant is what portion of registered voters own, or share the ownership, of a motor vehicle?

  • Like 37% of New Yorkers, I wasn’t born in the US. This means I can’t vote in US elections. Somehow I think that those 37% are disproportionately the people who take transit in the city.

  • The best economic sense would be to make the streets completely safe for pedestrians and cyclists encouraging people to use a broad range of derivatives of small personal-powered transport.

    Small vehicle transport and transit can provide the highest mobility, practicality, convenience, and most importantly: safety, at the lowest economic and environmental cost.

  • Gecko: when you say “small vehicle,” do you mean existing modes, such as feet, bikes, motorcycles, and electric skateboards, or new technology?

  • #4 Alon Levy, “Gecko: when you say “small vehicle,” do you mean existing modes, such as feet, bikes, motorcycles, and electric skateboards, or new technology?”

    Both. New technology would be integration of mostly existing technology to provide high levels of practicality, safety, performance, sufficient to move large numbers of people within peak periods, for long distances with major advances over other systems both in terms of cost and distributed and on-demand capabilities.

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