NY1: Why is Bloomberg So Weak 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.