“For months we have been advocating for making 49th and 50th Streets between 5th and 6th Avenues car-free as a means to address pedestrian congestion in one of the City’s busiest public spaces. Yesterday, we were encouraged to hear that the City was moving forward with a proposal to enlarge pedestrian space along 5th Avenue to address this congestion during the holiday season. While this is not a long-term solution,… Read more
The city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) has agreed to create a “busway”—or what DOT is now calling a “Transit-Truck Priority” project—on 14th Street between 3rd and 9th Avenues beginning in June for an 18 month pilot.
This means buses and delivery vehicles will be given priority over private and for-hire vehicles during most of the day, with the exact hours still to be determined by transportation officials. Private cars that… Read more
With the L train reconstruction set to begin next Friday, April 26, evening and weekend frequency of L trains will be reduced to just three per hour.
In order to help riders seeking other means to travel 14th Street—and to help avoid a crush of for-hire vehicles—I’ve written to the MTA and DOT urging them to enact SBS as soon as humanly possible (instead of in June, their current plan)… Read more
The state budget just passed in Albany includes two measures which will provide desperately needed funding to the MTA…
Congestion pricing. A congestion pricing plan—the first in the nation—will impose a fee on most vehicles when they enter Manhattan south of 61st Street, with revenues to be directed mostly to the MTA. I’ve supported congestion pricing as a way to reduce the clog of traffic in the business district and… Read more
In a letter, I’m calling on leadership in Albany to add exemptions for people with disabilities, discounts for residents in the proposed zone, and a hold on congestion fee currently in place on NYC yellow and green taxis
NEW YORK – I’m calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to add exemptions and discounts for New York City residents in their proposed… Read more
If you’re in a wheelchair, or use a cane or walker, or even just have a more temporary injury, it can truly be a challenge to get from point A to point B. That’s why I formed my new Accessibility Task Force, composed of stakeholders and advocates who will address access issues in transit and urban design for disabled and senior New Yorkers as they navigate the city.
We held… Read more
As accessibility in the subway system is tragically highlighted last week with the death of a young mother attempting to maneuver a stroller down an elevator-less subway station's stairs, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer today released a study of subway station accessibility in Manhattan conducted between October and November, 2018.
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
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
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