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CREATING AN INCLUSIVE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

A vital part of a functional city is safe and efficient streets and sidewalks. We must enforce the rules we have and build out a city that serves all forms of transportation needs. We must refund bus and train service, particularly to historically underserved communities and neighborhoods. And because police officer-based enforcement is less effective than infrastructural alternatives, like street redesigns and automated enforcement, and puts people of color at risk, we have an excellent opportunity to truly build an equitable and safe city.

In order to build a truly inclusive and equitable city Corey pledges to fight for:

  • Increased DOT funding for the design and construction of “self-enforcing” streets to include, but not limited to, protected intersections, protected bike lanes, protected bus lanes, narrowed roadways, bulb-outs, leading pedestrian intervals, and accessible curb ramps. The redesign of curbs with loading zones should also be prioritized to lessen the need for parking enforcement.

  • Formation of a task force for the proper enforcement of Vehicle and Traffic Law violations including unsafe uses of bicycles, electric scooters and bikes, and dirt bikes.

  • Expansion of existing red light, speed, and bus lane automated enforcement cameras. In addition, advance pilot programs to expand the scope of automated enforcement to include, but not limited to, parking cameras, “failure to yield” cameras that protect pedestrians in the crosswalk, “blocking the box” cameras that deter motor vehicles from clogging intersections and creating dangerous conditions for pedestrians, bike lane cameras that protect cyclists in the bike lane, and distracted driver technologies. The City must seek changes to state law as needed.

 

  • Moving primary crash-response to a new unit that includes the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad (CIS), the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the DOT. After every fatal or serious injury crash, this unit should publish an assessment of the street conditions that contributed to the crash and work with DOT to immediately remedy them.

 

  • Creating data transparency in the enforcement of streets and sidewalks, including real-time public reporting of all aspects of street and sidewalk enforcement, including geographic, race, and ethnicity data.

 

  • Piloting sliding-scale fines and alternatives to payment for low- income drivers, such as permission to forgo fines and a grace period to bring an equipment violation into compliance. Additionally, Transportation Alternatives recommends that the City work with the State DMV to separate licensing from fee compliance, and adopt stricter standardized consequences for repeat unlicensed driving, based on New York City’s new Dangerous Vehicle Abatement Program and a restorative justice model for summonses and crashes, piloted by the Center for Court Innovation in Brooklyn, including license and vehicle registration revocation.

 

  • Rolling back the 2019 expansion of transit police in coordination with the MTA. Instead, create a multi-agency unit to support the unhoused in our transit system that includes the Department of Homeless Services, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the New York City Human Resources Administration, local hospitals and first responders, with transit police available in a support role when needed.

 

  • Expanding and strengthening the 2017 Right to Know Act, which requires police officers to provide certain information to people stopped for suspicion of a crime, to include routine police stops where criminal activity is not suspected and traffic stops, and to require identification cards with know-your-rights information be provided to people stopped by police.
     

  • Organizing the City’s government to advocate at the State level on The Crash Victim Rights & Safety Act.

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