The latest video from Streetfilms is worth watching, it highlights a number of the transport challenges New York City is currently facing:
New York is facing its most serious transportation challenge in decades.
Subway reliability is way down, and the bus system is shedding riders at an alarming rate. And because transit is so unreliable, today New York is accommodating growth in cars, in the form of the tens of thousands of Uber and Lyft vehicles we now find on our streets each day.
It’s difficult to even list all the reasons why shifting transportation growth into cars in New York City is a bad thing. Choking the economy with congestion, safety concerns, making slow bus service even worse, poorer air quality – you name it.
For our latest Streetfilm, we spoke with leaders in New York’s transportation, labor and business communities to get their take on this alarming trend – a problem “screaming for a solution.”
A few things in this video stood out to me:
- Uber, Lyft and other similar services are getting to the point where they are really clogging up the streets of major cities.
- New York City has really struggled, for decades, to keep up with the investment required to ensure its Subway system can operate effectively. This is partly because these costs are crazily high, as covered in detail by a great recent article in the New York Times.
- The emphasis on improving street design so that the most important users get space prioritised for them is something that will probably be a key issue for Auckland this year as we expand our bus lane network, improve cycleways, implement new street frameworks and design manuals and seek a major improvement to safety.
- 2018 might be the year that New York City takes the plunge and gets serious about implementing congestion pricing. Given Auckland’s also looking at this, having more cities adopt pricing will be good as we can learn from what works and what doesn’t.