Vision 1 Goal
Our transportation network is the linchpin to New York City’s dynamism and vitality. It is at once our economic engine and our civic glue—our means for accessing work, school, culture, shopping, and each other. Throughout its history, the city’s growth has been supported by investment in its transit system. But anyone who lives here can testify to the impacts of record population and job growth, increased tourism, and aging systems that require significant upkeep. Sidewalks are overflowing, subways are less reliable, and our streets and bike lanes are congested during rush hour. Capacity issues are not limited to Manhattan, and reliable and convenient transit access to employment and other activities remains stubbornly out of reach for too many New Yorkers.
For these reasons, OneNYC established goals and initiatives to improve traffic safety and public health, expand travel choices for all New Yorkers, double cycling by 2020, and maintain our streets and bridges in a state of good repair. The City made an historic $2.5 billion investment in the MTA Capital Plan and committed an addition $418 million toward the MTA emergency action plan with a lockbox to ensure that money is spent on New York City subways and buses. We continue to expand SBS to bring faster, more convenient transit to communities underserved by subways. The City expanded Citi Bike, our bike share system, and has set records for the installation of new protected bike lanes for two consecutive years. The City has also renewed its commitment to our core responsibility of maintaining streets and bridges in a state of good repair through significant investments in repaving our roadways and repairing our bridge network, including rehabilitating the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway’s aging triple-cantilever structure in downtown Brooklyn.
|Indicator||Previous Data||Latest Data|
|Overall transit capacity into the Manhattan Central Business District (8am–9am)||642,290 |
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|Number of NYC adults who bike regularly (annual)||778,000|
Launched NYC Ferry, carrying nearly 3 million riders in its first year
Just two years after Mayor de Blasio announced the expansion of the East River Ferry system, the City launched NYC Ferry in 2017. The public commuter system provides a new and easily accessible transit option for traditionally underserved communities and in areas where jobs and housing are rapidly growing. It includes three new routes, Rockaway, South Brooklyn, and Astoria, and the rebranded East River route. In its inaugural year, the system carried nearly 3 million riders.
NYC Ferry continues to increase access to opportunity for approximately half a million New Yorkers living within a half-mile radius of the ferry landings. A summer 2017 survey found that 87 percent of riders are NYC residents, and over two-thirds use the ferry to travel to work or school during peak travel times. Since its launch, NYC Ferry has filled over 200 jobs and continues to recruit and grow the team—from captains to deckhands to customer service agents. There will also be many jobs at the new homeport facility at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which is currently under construction and slated to be fully outfitted by the end of 2018.
Plans in 2018 include the launch of ferry routes to the South Bronx and the Lower East Side, and the addition of a passenger stop at the Brooklyn Navy Yard homeport facility on the East River route. In response to popular demand, the City has also committed to adding capacity with six new vessels starting in 2018. These will be outfitted with bigger engines and the capacity to hold 349 passengers each. Fares remain at just $2.75 a ride and include free transfers to other ferry routes within the NYC Ferry system.
Beginning in 2018, New York City will launch FreightNYC, a comprehensive, multimodal freight management strategy to modernize the City’s logistics and distribution network. The strategy will transform freight systems through investments in rail and maritime infrastructure, enhance “Freight Hubs” across the City, and ensure that last-mile truck deliveries from those hubs are modern, clean, and safe for New Yorkers. The projects outlined in FreightNYC will meet and surpass the goal of creating 4,000 good-paying, middle class jobs. In addition, the projects will remove up to 70,000 truck trips from city streets, eliminate 52 million miles of truck vehicle miles travelled, reduce PM2.5 by 87,000 pounds, and eliminate over 200,000 metric tons of CO2 each year. Completion of FreightNYC included extensive private sector and industry engagement, market research, and partnership with NYCDOT.
Expanded bus service to improve transit options for more New Yorkers
The City continues to work with MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) to improve the speed, convenience, and reliability of bus service. Buses are the most sustainable, affordable, and space-efficient form of surface transportation, and SBS is a proven approach to improving bus service and increasing ridership. In the past three years, DOT and NYCT implemented eight additional SBS routes serving over 178,000 riders, bringing the total number of SBS routes citywide to 15. To keep the bus lanes on these SBS routes clear of traffic and double-parked cars, DOT installed bus lane enforcement cameras at 58 locations on six routes since 2015, bringing the total number of bus lane camera locations to 113 on 12 routes. Moving forward, NYCT plans to introduce bus-mounted bus lane cameras on SBS routes south of 96th Street in Manhattan. DOT and NYCT also implemented transit signal priority (TSP) on nine corridors citywide to reduce the time buses spend stopped at red lights. Finally, DOT installed 381 real-time passenger information signs at bus stops to provide waiting riders with information on bus arrivals.
Grew City’s bike network to support safe cycling
The City continues to make significant progress in building out its bike network, making cycling a safer and more convenient travel option for New Yorkers. About a quarter of New Yorkers ride a bike and more than 800,000 ride on a regular basis. To support these cyclists, DOT has added a total 219.9 lane miles to the bike network since 2015, including 56.8 lane miles of protected bike lanes, 52.4 lane miles of signed or marked routes, and 110.7 miles of conventional bike lanes. DOT continues to focus on bike access to major river crossings, which are key links in the network. In the past three years, the agency evaluated the approaches to 11 Harlem and East River bridges, developed plans to improve bike facilities on six of them, and completed four bike improvement projects. NYC DOT has also dramatically expanded it bike sharing system. Citi Bike now contains approximately 750 stations and 12,000 bikes, doubling the size of the initial system launched in 2013 and expanding service further north to 130th Street in Manhattan, to Astoria in Queens, and to Prospect Heights and Crown Heights in Brooklyn. Looking to the future, in late 2017 DOT released an RFEI to bike share companies with “dockless” bike share systems that do not require stations for bikes. Responses to the RFEI will help inform the City’s strategy for future bike share expansion.