Staten Islanders and South Brooklynites know what it feels like to get stuck in expressway traffic or to wait forever for the R train. A generations-long comprehensive infrastructure plan, with built-in apprenticeships and job-training programs, would give people a chance to build their futures at the same time they rebuild our highways. We need a serious, substantial bill that will create jobs, improve commutes and create a better quality of life for everyone in New York’s 11th Congressional District.
- Change federal funding formulas that discriminate against Staten Island and South Brooklyn, so we can get our fair share of funding. New York sends $48 billion a year to DC to fund the nation’s transportation priorities, but the federal Department of Transportation’s funding formulas prevent cities with more than 200,000 residents from receiving federal dollars to cover operating expenditures. Max will fight to raise the DOT funding cut off to include major urban centers, like New York City, who need the funding the most.
- Add HOV Lanes to the West Shore Expressway and Finish the HOV SIE Lane: In the absence of federal leadership, state officials have taken the lead in improving the West Shore Expressway, but anyone who’s driven those roadways knows that’s just a start. It’s time to add an HOV lane to the West Shore Expressway, and to extend the SIE HOV lane all the way to the Goethals Bridge. Max will fight to secure federal funding to ensure those projects happen ASAP.
- Secure federal funding to get the R-Train running more frequently and on time. We must modernize our signal system, fix track and station problems, and give New Yorkers a subway system that doesn’t leave Brooklyn residents stranded for hours waiting for the R-Train.
- Take on City Hall to ensure Staten Island is connected to the citywide ferry service system. Mayor de Blasio promised a five-borough system, but once again Staten Island was left out. A South Shore Ferry isn’t just a nice idea, it’s a necessity for residents who have one of the longest commutes in the country. Max will take the fight to City Hall, so Staten Islanders get the ferry service we were promised.
- Get the Staten Island Lightrail project moving. For years Staten Island light rail has been stuck in bureaucratic limbo with our members of Congress unable or unwilling to fund the studies that need to be completed before federal funding can be used for construction. Max will get the final study funded so that this game-changing project can move forward.
- Implement two-way tolls on the Verrazano Bridge to reduce truck traffic. Not only do we have to pay a ridiculous toll to travel off the island, but commercial truck drivers take advantage of the one-way toll to dodge paying any tolls and then clog our streets in the process. With electronic toll collection now in place, there’s no reason we can’t switch to two-way tolls, splitting the cost of the current toll each way, to reduce truck traffic.
- Putting the Gateway Tunnel on the Express Track: The Gateway Tunnel Project will create jobs for residents of Staten Island and South Brooklyn and completing the project is absolutely essential to New York’s economy. Max will work with members of both party to get this critical project built, even if the President disagrees.
- Work with State and City Officials to Expedite North Shore Bus Rapid Transit: As local officials have already noted, we are years away from implementing the North Shore Bus Rapid Transit even as a development boom is expected to draw more New Yorkers to the North Shore than ever before. Max will work all levels of government to get this process sped up so that Staten Islanders aren’t left with even more gridlock and traffic while the MTA takes its time.
- Seek a seat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Every minute residents of Staten Island and South Brooklyn spend stuck in traffic or waiting for public transportation is more unnecessary time they are kept from seeing their families. Max will seek a seat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee so that they have a fierce advocate at the table where federal transportation decisions are made.