Our transportation challenges are clear: according to the 2000 and 2010 U.S. Census surveys, Staten Islanders have the longest commute times in the country, spending nearly 90 minutes per day getting to and from work. South Brooklyn isn’t much better. We must look to creative solutions that provide efficient and affordable transportation alternatives.
I will continue to advocate in Congress for a long-term transportation bill to provide regional planners with funding certainty. With appropriate funding levels, planners can and should prioritize projects like light rail and bus rapid transit so we can improve upon the unacceptable status quo.