New York City’s recovery from the pandemic will depend heavily on public transit and other means of transportation. But the metro faces an impending financial emergency, with ridership significantly lower than the pre-pandemic figures.
Like its predecessors, the influence of the next mayor over the metro system will be limited: the metro and its day-to-day operations are overseen by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which is largely controlled by the governor.
Still, Adams and Sliwa say it’s crucial to restore confidence in the metro system and bring riders back. To do this, they both target underground public safety. Although metro crime has declined in the first nine months of the year compared to the same period in 2020, criminal assaults are on the rise there not only compared to last year, when ridership was high. very low, but also compared to 2019. Profile attacks have brought the issue to the fore.
The two candidates want to deploy more police in the subways and direct the homeless and the mentally ill from the trains to the services. Mr Sliwa, who has falsely stated that subway crime has reached record levels, wants to add 5,000 city police officers to patrol the system, some of them being redirected from other duties. He also offers to move the mentally ill and homeless from trains to mental institutions or homeless shelters, although he has not explained how he would do so.
Mr Adams, a former transit police officer, wants the police department to transfer officers from other roles to subway patrols, although he has not given a specific number. He is also seeking to restore the department’s homeless awareness unit, which was funded by Mr. de Blasio, and to equip mental health professionals with police officers. It is also looking to invest in better cell service, Wi-Fi and surveillance cameras at stations to help deter crime.
The mayor’s biggest influence on transport in the city is the control of its streets, where there have been serious traffic jams and an increase in the number of road deaths. Here the candidates have very different approaches.
Mr Adams supported the state’s plan to implement congestion pricing in parts of Manhattan that would impose charges on vehicles in the area and aim to both reduce traffic and reduce traffic. provide new funding for the transit system. Mr. Sliwa is opposed to it.
Mr. Adams says he supports redesigning streets to address safety concerns, including encouraging alternatives to car travel. Over four years, he wants to build 300 new kilometers of protected cycle paths and 150 kilometers of new lanes and dedicated bus lanes, with a particular emphasis on transit deserts and busy corridors like Linden Boulevard in Brooklyn.
Mr Sliwa accused the city of a war on vehicles and offered to do away with underused cycle lanes which he said could better serve as parking spaces. He called for the elimination of speed cameras, but wants the police department to more actively enforce the rules of the road and provide funds to help him do so.
– Michel Gold