Category: Transportation

MTA should enact 14th St. Select Bus Service sooner—and install a new busway—for L train repairs spillover

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

State budget passes with measures to raise funds for the MTA

room full of people for a public hearing about congestion pricing plan 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

B.P. Brewer to Albany: Include concerns of Manhattan residents in congestion pricing plan

Canal street on a busy day will a lot of cars and trucks stuck in traffic 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

New Accessibility Task Force will tackle barriers to access for disabled and senior New Yorkers

meeting with Accessibility Task Force at Gale's office 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

Why I attended the MTA’s emergency L train meeting

Gale speaking at MTA 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

A and C 168th street train station 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

m34 select bus service moving on a NYC street 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

Gale getting on a NYC bus carrying bags 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