It looks like Joe Lhota didn’t listen to Nicole Gelinas or Transportation Alternatives. Yesterday, Lhota released what his campaign billed as a “comprehensive policy book” [PDF], but New Yorkers interested in safer streets or better bicycling and walking are still awaiting much of any policy from the Republican candidate.
After platitudes about how “an effective transportation system is a key part of New York City’s economy and quality of life,” we get to the meat of Lhota’s plan: A bullet-point list of what he promises to do as mayor.
- Take control of the MTA’s bridges and tunnels to reduce costs to commuters
- Fight for funding for the MTA’s 5-year capital program
- Create a feasibility study to expand the New York City subway system
- Re-establish the Mayor’s Office of Transportation to communicate the city’s transportation needs and priorities to other agencies
- Ensure the building of four new Metro-North stops in the Bronx with access to Penn Station
- Encourage park and ride stations at the end of suitable subway lines
- Ensure that New York City roads are in a good state of repair
- Synchronize traffic lights to mitigate traffic and enhance mobility
- Examine the use of “smart” traffic lights
- Consider the expansion of right on red in certain parts of the city
- Expand Select Bus Service
- Support expanded Staten Island Ferry service
- Make the Rockaway Ferry permanent
- Support a West Shore Rail Line on Staten Island
- Ensure the completion of the 2nd Avenue Subway
Of the 15 bullet points, three are just about traffic lights — that’s 20 percent of his platform. In the policy book’s environment section, Lhota repeats his desire to install park-and-ride lots at the end of subway lines and promises Upper East Siders that he will not open 91st Street waste transfer station, which is part of a plan to move some of the city’s trash disposal burden, including truck traffic, from poorer neighborhoods.