Apologies if you’re fed up with hearing about New York City, but the vision for the future of transportation in the city put forward by Council Speaker Corey Johnson this past week is worthy of attention.
He wants the city to take over buses and subways
through a new agency called Big Apple Transit
. In order to “break the car culture,” Johnson calls for 50 miles of new bike lanes and 30 miles of new bus lanes every year, signal priority for all bus routes by 2030, and the pedestrianization of some roads. Compared with de Blasio’s focus on driving — including a call for more free parking spaces for cops and firefighters
— it’s a refreshing vision.
Johnson told council members, “We have been living in Robert Moses’s New York for almost a century, and it is time to move on.” And while he may not be mayor, he will be running for the position in the next election.