Ben doesn’t own a car and relies on public transit. That’s why he advocated to open the 2nd Avenue Subway, won two ferry stops, expanded bikeshare, Select Bus Service, and bus lanes, to make your commute faster. Safety has been a priority with new safe streets infrastructure and a bike safety program that has made it safer to be a pedestrian. As Borough President Ben will continue his work by reducing the number of vehicles entering Manhattan, investing in public transit, and expanding his safe streets and bike safety program to protect pedestrians across the borough.
Fresh Ideas: Faster Commutes
New Yorkers get stuck in traffic every day. Car traffic, bus traffic, even somehow subway traffic. Ben doesn't own a car which is why he wrote in an op-ed in the New York Daily News supporting congestion pricing and daring to go further with a bigger bolder idea. Every day, 4.4 million vehicles travel through New York City, but only 717,000 vehicles travel through Manhattan’s Central Business District daily. Instead of thinking really big, we’ve spent more than a decade fighting over a small sliver of the problem. Congestion in New York City is not caused by city residents driving into Manhattan, in part because only 1.4 million New York City households own a car. The picture is clear: The vast majority of vehicles in traffic on any given day are from outside the city.
- Toll all entry points to New York City for all vehicles
- New development must fund public infrastructure
- Expand and improve existing transit infrastructure
- High-speed automated tolling
- Dynamic pricing
- Real accountability
- A lock box
The time is now for New York to finally implement congestion pricing. As Borough President Ben will take an honest look at our traffic and address the whole problem by expanding the congestion zone to all of New York City.
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