Ydanis Rodriguez, the chair of the Transportation Committee, wants to take 400,000 cars off city streets by 2030.
One less car? Try about 400,000 less.
City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, who chairs the Transportation Committee, wants to curb car ownership in the city to 1 million people and families by 2030, from the 1.4 million vehicle owners in New York.
And he wants to test drive the idea with a car-free Earth Day next year.
“This is one of the most inefficient means of travel available to New Yorkers, yet many in our outer boroughs are forced to rely upon it due to a lack of options,” Rodriguez (D-Manhattan) said at a talk at NYU Rudin Center for Transportation on Monday.
Rodriguez, who owns a car, said he understands the burden of having a vehicle in New York. His call for fewer vehicles and a car-free public awareness campaign for Earth Day on April 22 were part of a report on ways to expand travel options in the city’s “transit deserts.”
Robert Sinclair from AAA believes that cars are no longer necessary for younger New Yorkers.
The pol gave support to spending tax dollars to speed up Citi Bike’s expansion into new neighborhoods, a five-borough ferry network, more cycling lanes and fast bus routes.
AAA spokesman Robert Sinclair said cars are no longer a must-have among younger New Yorkers, citing better transit, expenses and the environment. “Without a doubt, it is a trend in general that has taken hold in our country,” Sinclair said.
To pay for some transit plans, Rodriguez endorsed the MoveNY plan from traffic engineer Sam Schwartz that calls for tolls to cross the East River bridges and to drive below 60th St., while cutting tolls elsewhere.
Mayor de Blasio said the plan would be a tough sell: “It’s something that is worth looking at, but as you’ve heard right now in Albany, there’s no appetite for it.”
With Jennifer Fermino