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December 18, 2020
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NYC MAYORAL CANDIDATE SHAUN DONOVAN RELEASES BOLD TRANSPORTATION VISION THAT PRIORITIZES STREET SAFETY, EXPANDS MOBILITY AND COMBATS CLIMATE CHANGE
Platform reimagines our roads for movement, helps to end gridlock on our streets, expands accessibility and provides ideas to strengthen partnerships with the MTA to ensure ridership on the subways, buses, and paratransit.
Donovan commits to ride the subway daily as Mayor and make transportation a central part of ‘15 minute neighborhoods’ by providing every New Yorker access to rapid transportation.
Plan outlines solutions to reimagine the city’s streetscape, reduce the city’s reliance on cars, expand bus and bike lanes, and end traffic violence.
NEW YORK, NY – Mayoral Candidate Shaun Donovan unveiled today his transportation platform, entitled A Revitalized Transportation Network that Makes the City Work for Everyone. The plan outlines innovative solutions to help make streets safer and transportation more efficient and accessible for everyone. The comprehensive platform continues Donovan’s campaign of ideas – building on his substantive announcement outlining his proposals for ‘15 minute neighborhoods’, a Chief Diversity Officer, seven day library service, and follows his groundbreaking blueprint to combat climate change that was lauded for its extensive and comprehensive nature.
“Transportation is the central nervous system of New York City and if people are not connected, they are fundamentally excluded from opportunity. We need a 21st Century transportation system that improves transit service for everyone and prioritizes mobility expansion and public health in underserved areas, making our city’s streets safe for everyone who uses them while combating climate change,” said Shaun Donovan, Candidate for Mayor of New York City. “This plan puts people first, helping to eliminate traffic fatalities and injuries. I am committed to collaborate with leaders from around the nation and globe to implement real innovative transportation solutions to make New York City a leader in mobility.”
Additionally, policy ideas outlined in the plan will help rectify inequities and help the City recover from the impacts of COVID-19, especially communities of color and low-income neighborhoods in need of more transportation options. Highlights of the platform include:
- Launching a true Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) for a faster and smarter bus network that reflects today’s needs of passengers complementing short-term improvements to regular bus service.
- Expanding cycling infrastructure and embracing micromobility as a viable mode of transportation.
- Working closely with communities and gathering their input on transportation issues. This includes making the Open Streets Program more equitable and responsive to the needs of each neighborhood and revitalizing small businesses throughout the city, given that research shows prioritizing pedestrians and cyclists increases foot traffic and improves business.
- Using data and technology to understand the use of the curb today and to make better use of the space in the future, specifically exploring how curb space can be used for things other than parking. This includes creatively thinking about uses that can better serve residents like allowing schools and camps to use the space for outdoor activities, more efficient delivery of goods, and potentially new approaches to trash collection.
- Creating pathways for increased city oversight of the MTA to ensure ridership on the subways, buses, and paratransit is supported. We must increase oversight on MTA capital plan prioritization, operations planning, and work to increase governance authority through the addition of Board seats.
- Driving equity and innovation in our transportation system.
Transportation is one of the most critical service delivery responsibilities of a Mayor and meeting the needs of New Yorkers must mean meeting their transportation needs. Transit improvements must be done in collaboration with experts, local and national leaders, as well as the community, and Shaun is best positioned to bring all parties to the table to make real effective change.
A lifelong New Yorker, Donovan is a proven leader and manager. He served as a member of Barack Obama’s Cabinet as U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary and Office of Management and Budget, where he successfully managed a four-trillion-dollar deficit. He developed a close partnership with President Obama and was trusted by him and Vice President Joe Biden to take on some of the biggest challenges facing our country including ending veteran homelessness in 80 cities, leading the Hurricane Sandy recovery Task Force and bringing relief to families during the Great Recession.
For more details of Donovan’s comprehensive transportation policy platform, please visit shaunfornyc.com/issues/transportation/.