Peabody award–winning journalist Andrea Bernstein is Senior Editor for Politics & Policy for WNYC News. She has previously served as Metro Editor, Political Director, Director of Transportation Nation, and Senior Reporter.
NYC Mayor Bloomberg Touts Bus Rapid Transit, Sort Of
Thursday, June 02, 2011 - 12:01 PM
(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Speaking from the C-40 conference on cities and climate change from Sao Paolo on The Takeaway this morning, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg seemed to endorse the idea of more Bus Rapid Transit in New York. It's the first time I've heard him tout BRT on a national media program.
I say sort of, because Mayor Bloomberg didn't quite say BRT, though he seemed to be reaching for those words. You'll just have to listen. ( About 4:40 in)
Here's what he did say:
"We focus on mass transit. Other cities focus on more roads, we’re not going to have more roads in New York City. We can have better mass transit and a lot of these things, buses, much more rapid trans—buses, rapid -- buses that don’t sepnd as much time at lights and that reduce the time of getting on and off."
In New York City, Mayor Bloomberg's DOT has presided over the launch of there are two s0-called "Select Bus" routes, one in the Bronx, and one in Manhattan. The buses have some BRT-like features (like off-board payment and red-light signal priority) thought according to ITDP, New York's select buses aren't exactly BRT.
Bloomberg also noted on The Takeaway that just 20 percent of New York's pollution comes from transportation and about 80 percent from buildings, the reverse of most other cities, since New Yorker's live so densely and rely on transit far more than in any other city in the U.S.