Category: Transportation

Why I attended the MTA’s emergency L train meeting

Since Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed his new plan for the L train reconstruction and declared the shutdown averted, commuters, residents, advocates, elected officials, and other city leaders have raised many valid questions and concerns. Will this new approach work? Why it wasn’t brought up earlier? What will happen to the mitigation measures put in place after three years of careful planning? Today, I attended an emergency meeting called by the… Read more

The MTA should look at two-way shuttle buses, dedicated bus lanes for 168th Street 1-train shutdown

NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer wrote yesterday to MTA-New York City Transit President Andy Byford, calling for a reevaluation and enhancement of planned travel alternatives during the upcoming closure of the 1-train station at 168th Street in upper Manhattan. The station serves 26,000 daily riders and is a primary point of access to New York Presbyterian Hospital, as well as the Columbia University Dialysis Center and… Read more

Letter to MTA: Don’t slash Manhattan Select Bus plans

Earlier this month, my office discovered details in a Metropolitan Transportation Authority budget document indicating it plans to slash promised expansions of Select Bus Service in Manhattan, pushing back the improvements to 96th Street crosstown service and other lines through at least 2021. The Wall Street Journal also unearthed these details and reported on them, and around the same time I sent a letter to Andy Byford, president of MTA-New… Read more

As L train shutdown approaches, bus tour previews the challenges ahead

More than 400,000 people ride the L train every day between Brooklyn and Manhattan—and we’re just seven months away from its shutdown for necessary repairs of the so-called Canarsie Tunnel.  So, now’s the time to make sure there’s a substantive plan in place to get people to and from Manhattan. Last month, I led a bus tour in partnership with DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and NYC Transit President Andy Byford… Read more

Independent Budget Office: old signals strand subways, but replacement is behind schedule more than half the time

NEW YORK – Responding to a request from Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, the New York City Independent Budget Office (IBO) today released an analysis of MTA capital repair and improvement work on the New York City subway’s signal systems, finding more than half of signal projects are late and that signal work on the 7 (Flushing) line is more than 50 percent over budget. All of the MTA’s… Read more

B.P. Brewer asks: Is city enforcing law against selling illegal e-bikes, or just ticketing New Yorkers and businesses after they buy them?

Deliveryman on motorbike Last week, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer sent a letter to Consumer Affairs Commissioner Lorelei Salas, Police Commissioner James O’Neill, and Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, asking what the city is doing to enforce its law against selling ‘motorized scooters’ like electric bicycles. Brewer was prompted to look into this issue by complaints from Manhattan residents like Rigoberto Fernandez Estevez. Mr. Fernandez was sold multiple electric bicycles by a brick-and-mortar business… Read more

Forum on the future of biking in our city

black bike leaning against store The biking landscape of our city is changing, and this conversation will keep going as we find the best ways to adapt. Scores of cyclists gathered for my forum on future of biking in New York on April 25. Advocates, engineers, and representatives from city agencies explored the at a forum I hosted this week. It was an opportunity to think big about what’s next in terms of technology and… Read more

St. John’s Terminal Proposal Isn’t Good Enough

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer recommended denial of land use applications and the transfer of development rights from the Hudson River Park Trust for the proposed redevelopment of the St. John’s Terminal site in the West Village. “A worthy plan for the St. John’s Terminal site would have more and better affordable units, a true neighborhood retail plan, and accessible public spaces that residents will actually use,” said Manhattan… Read more

To Clear Manhattan Congestion, Brewer Boosts Night Deliveries, Expanded “City Ticket”, Tourist Bus Cap, Higher Gas Tax, and Move NY Plan

Report Available Citing statistics showing average surface travel speeds in Manhattan decreased by 9 percent between 2010 and 2015, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer called for a mix of new policies to reduce peak street traffic and improve public transit. Aside from long-sought infrastructure investments like new cross-harbor rail tunnels, Brewer’s plan includes lower-cost, outside-the-box ideas like expanding “off-hours” truck deliveries, taking advantage of MTA’s commuter rail routes for… Read more