Yesterday StreetsPAC endorsed Bill de Blasio for mayor in the Democratic primary, after narrowing their choice down to him and Christine Quinn. The decision was based on the candidates’ responses to a written questionnaire and sit-down interviews with the StreetsPAC board.
Below are the responses that de Blasio and Quinn gave to the “policies and priorities” section of the StreetsPAC questionnaire. Click on their names for PDFs of their full submissions. We’ve also uploaded responses from Bill Thompson and Sal Albanese. The other Democratic mayoral candidates did not return the questionnaire.
Questions and answers posted here have been formatted for WordPress, but have not been edited in any way.
StreetsPAC: Whom do you plan to appoint as Transportation Commissioner? If you don’t have a specific person in mind, please describe the skills and experience you are looking for in a potential appointee and the top priorities you would direct that person to pursue.
Bill de Blasio: I have not decided. I believe in choosing someone who views our streets in their totality and is committed to making our transportation network function for all modes of transportation — walking, bicycling, driving and public transit. They must have a commitment to working with all stakeholders to balance those needs fairly — with safety as their top priority. Given our aging population, I believe we also need a commissioner committed to improving the accessibility of our streets for seniors and people with disabilities.
Christine Quinn: The transportation commissioner in my administration will share my view that a reliable, safe, and clean transportation system is vital to our economy and to maintaining a good quality of life. He or she will be committed to expanding our existing infrastructure in order to decrease the time New Yorkers spend commuting. I will pursue an individual who is open-minded and forward-thinking with the skills to manage a large agency, works well with other agencies and stakeholders, and the vision to move the agency forward. As Mayor, my Transportation Commissioner and I will pursue the following agenda, working with the MTA and Albany where necessary:
- Ensure that no New Yorker has to spend more than one hour commuting in either direction by 2023.
- Reduce pedestrian, cyclist and driver fatalities 50 percent by 2021.
- Give New York City control of the MTA.
- Launch 10 new Select Bus Service routes in the next 4 years.
- Install Metrocard kiosks above ground at major bus stops and along select bus service routes.
- Expand five borough ferry service, to provide more transportation options and stimulate the local economy.
- Install countdown clocks outside of subway stations, so New Yorkers can see when the next train is coming before they enter.
- Save commuters valuable travel time from the Bronx and West Side of Manhattan.
- Provide additional bicycle parking options at transit hubs for New Yorkers who want to commute part of the way to work on a bicycle.