L Train Shutdown: Clearing the way for buses

The NYCT, NYCDOT, NYPD and the New York State Legislature need to work together to renew and expand the bus lane camera program to ensure speedy bus travel to help alleviate the inevitable pressures that will come with the L train shutdown.

Southeast Queens Healthcare Workers Need Freedom Ticket Now!

Public transit in Southeast Queens has not kept pace with the rapidly growing healthcare care sector. Without nearby subway connections and dwindling hope that new lines will be built, health aides here are in desperate need of better transit options. Access to affordable, efficient, and reliable transit is paramount on all modes be it subway, bus, or commuter rail.

Congestion Pricing is Good for Buses!

A successful congestion pricing plan will decrease vehicles on Manhattan’s heavily clogged streets and substantially improve bus speeds and reliability, allowing the bus system to flourish. Additional bus lanes, improved bus stop infrastructure, and improved traffic signal timing, in conjunction with congestion pricing, can significantly enhance the quality of bus service and all mobility within the central business district, and may have wide ranging improvements on the transit system as a whole.

Have you ever tried calling the 511 NY Transit and Traffic Information line to get MTA Information?

Calling 511, the New York State-run transportation information phone service, is often an exercise in futility. The system is a confusing, time consuming labyrinth, which makes it difficult for callers to obtain necessary information in a timely manner.  Calling 511 is an obstacle to the MTA’s goal of achieving “Good Communication”. In a region this large, accurate and clear communication is crucial to keep over 8.7 million riders moving every day.

Let’s Move Forward on Improving MTA Accessibility for Everyone

The MTA and NYC Transit’s ability to side-step federal ADA regulations has continued to marginalize the disability community. The ADA community’s impassioned voices were rightfully heard at recent MTA Board meetings calling for a better Access-A-Ride program and overall system accessibility.

Greater Midtown East Rezoning: Moves in the Right Direction for Transit

On August 9, New York City’s City Council approved the Greater Midtown East Rezoning. In a reassuring collaboration between the City’s Department of City Planning (DCP), Department of Transportation (DOT), and the state-run MTA, the rezoning shows a rare coming together in politics and policy between City and State. While the rezoning will help provide infrastructure improvement, there is still the question of ongoing maintenance funding that the impacted stations will require with additional use.