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Bay Ridge Express Bus Riders Discuss Congestion Pricing

StreetFilms joined up with Transportation Alternatives' Executive Director, Paul Steely White as he discussed congestion pricing with Express Bus commuters in Bay Ridge where riders could use a faster commute and less-crowded buses. White outlined how congestion pricing would decrease traffic in Bay Ridge and offer better transit as he listened to the commuters' concerns.

A poll released by Quinnpiac today reports that a resounding 89 percent of respondents believed traffic congestion was a "very serious" or "somewhat serious" problem. However, New Yorkers are divided on how to accomplish reductions.

<br> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[intro music]</font> <br> </p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [00:07] I’ve been taking the express bus for about four years now. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [00:11] I take the express bus every morning. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [00:12] Every morning. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [00:13] Every morning.</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [00:14] Every morning, all the traffic on the BQE is horrendous. They’ve had the HOV lane and you weren’t on the bus it takes about a good hour and a half to get into the city. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Paul Steely White:</i> [00:24] I’m Paul White, I’m with Transportation Alternatives. We’re a group that fights for better transit service for New Yorkers. We’re here talking to express bus riders about the congestion pricing plan, and here in Bay Ridge the plan would yield 23 additional express buses.</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [00:41] I think we need a lot more buses for a lot more people. I’m sure I’ll be standing or barely getting a seat on this bus.</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Paul Steely White:</i> [00:48] At this hour.</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [00:50] At this hour, yeah I’m sure. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [00:52] Need to make sure that the MTA provides enough bus, subway service to accommodate people who are willing to take public transportation versus those who wish to drive. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Paul Steely White:</i> [01:05] And if the congestion pricing revenue comes back to improving bus service you would support it?</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [01:09] Absolutely. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [01:14] I live in Staten Island. The express buses are so horrible there, you can’t get off the Island. So I just actually got a ride here so I could get to work, you know, within a reasonable amount of time. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Paul Steely White:</i> [01:22] So you have a friend drive you to this stop…</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [01:24] Right.</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Paul Steely White:</i> [01:24] …and drop you off so you can take an express bus?</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [01:26] Right, not all the time.</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Paul Steely White:</i> [01:27] The plan does include more express bus services for Staten Island, more express buses there.</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [01:31] Yeah, that’d be amazing. When you look in the cars there’s one person in every car.</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [01:37] Like I pay $10. Congestion pricing is $8 right now for cars. I pay $10 to get into and out of the city on a bus. Sometimes that bus isn’t on time, on schedule. Sometimes it takes me three times as long as it should. Like I don’t see what the problem is with other people paying for better service. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [01:56] I believe the less cars the less pollution. I don’t think we need anymore cars coming into the city, there’s enough with the taxis alone. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Paul Steely White:</i> [02:07] Most people we interviewed are supportive of congestion pricing if, and only if, that revenue comes back to Bay Ridge in some form. Most people were very supportive of the idea of adding 23 new express buses to Bay Ridge. People told us that they hate traffic, they’re very pro-transit. We also heard that the afternoon commute coming back from the city to Bay Ridge is very arduous. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [02:32] By the time I get on the bus there’s no seats because there’s not enough buses running. Every time I stand on the bus I hurt myself. I once pulled someone’s hair because, by accident, because there was no handle on the bus, and the bus stopped short and it’s dangerous. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [02:47] At the end of the day, towards like three o’clock, it’s very, very congested on the buses. All the traffic and stuff in the city, the buses come later. So maybe if they add a few more buses it would definitely ease the commute. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Speaker:</i> [02:59] Use mass transit. We don’t want congestion. </font> <br> </p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font></p> http://transcriptdivas.ca/transcription-canada/
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  • http://www.jessevanelteren.nl Jesse

    In The Netherlands, it has just been decided to let drivers pay for the amount of kilometers they make. You will get a device in your car that measures when and how much you drive. Planned to be implemented by 2011 (earlier for trucks).

    Interesting site you've got here, I also like the Bogota-Cyclovia!

  • http://nyctaxiphoto.blogspot.com noah forman

    N Train, more trains, not more buses.

  • http://nyctaxiphoto.blogspot.com noah forman

    N and R train. express buses are better for Staten Island, Far Rockaway, City Island, and College Point. Other wise, Subway service needs far more frequency of service on all lines.

  • http://bayridgebrooklyn.blogspot.com/ The Phantom

    Strongly believe that Bay Ridge needs more R service first, more N train service second.

    Express buses are a boutique service for the few. The huge majority of people in Bay Ridge take the subway.

    There should at a minimum be more R trains in the late evening, when waits between trains become very long.

    And all in Brooklyn would benefit if the lightly used M train to Bay Parkway were discontinued and replaced by R trains to Chambers Street --a service that used to exist decades ago and which was popular. (An alternate idea would be to have M trains between Middle Village and 95th St during peak hours)

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