A majority of Bronx residents depend on subways and buses to get to work, school, doctor appointments, and anywhere else they need to go. Cuts in service and rising fares are making getting around even tougher for low-income and working-class Bronx families. Far too many pedestrians and cyclists lose their lives each year in collisions with vehicles on our roads. The Bronx needs a holistic approach and vision to make our streets safer for everyone while expanding access to public transit, particularly for our youth, seniors, and working families.
With the majority of Bronxites underserved by mass transit and living in transportation deserts, we face more hurdles in commuting to work, school, supermarkets and just about every other facet of day-to-day life than most City residents. Council Member Salamanca has fought for additional bus routes in underserved communities, more reliable and consistent service, a more streamlined Select Bus Service, and direct access to major destinations and transfer points throughout the Bronx. When employees of the Hunts Point Markets, the economic engine of Hunts Point, raised issues with the lack of late night/early morning service and insufficient bus stops along Food Center Drive, Salamanca ensured the workers who deliver our food to supermarket shelves and our kitchen table had safe bus service they could depend on.
To increase speed and efficiency, Council Member Salamanca successfully advocated for dedicated bus lanes along 149th Street, Southern Boulevard and other busy corridors. Salamanca is also working to bring alternative modes of transportation to the South Bronx, working with Revel and CitiBike on their expansion into the Bronx. Salamanca joined Transportation Alternatives to highlight the number of speeding motorists along Southern Boulevard where families walk to and from each school day. And when tragedy after tragedy occurred along Bruckner Boulevard, Council Member Salamanca worked with the Department of Transportation to reduce the speed limit and install traffic calming measures along the boulevard. He is a steadfast supporter of the Penn Station Access project that will construct four new railroad stations in the Bronx, and in the process, connect Bronxites with Manhattan, Westchester and Connecticut via Metro-North.
Salamanca's Plan to Improve Transportation
All New Yorkers should be able to move across our city, and we must move to make our public transit more accessible for all:
• Advocate for expanding the Fair Fares program and fight back against any potential cuts
• Advocate for more express bus service
• Allocating funds to creating more Metro North access
• Improve accessibility at our MTA stations
• Make funding for transit infrastructure a component of all major new developments
As we work to improve our mass transit, many Bronxites still need to rely on cars to get around. It is critical that we ensure our streets are safe for everyone. Salamanca will:
• Work with specific neighborhoods on their transit needs, including the creation of speed bumps, bike lanes, and specialized bus lanes.
• Advocate for more speed cameras near schools, playgrounds and other high-risk areas.