For immediate release: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
For more information, contact: Lisa Rainwater, lisa AT move-ny.org
NYC Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer Endorses Move NY Plan
(New York, NY) Today, Queens City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (District 26), who also serves as the Majority Leader in the 51-member body, joined over three-dozen City and State elected officials who have endorsed the Move NY Fair Plan as the best solution for reducing traffic congestion and sustainably funding the New York metropolitan region’s transportation infrastructure. Developed by transportation guru, “Gridlock” Sam Schwartz, and the Move NY team, the plan would generate $1.35 billion annually – enough to not only plug most of the MTA’s $10.8 billion hole in the agency’s 5-year capital plan, but provide substantial funding for New York City roads and bridges and expand service in those parts of the city still underserved by transit.
“We’ve seen massive congestion problems both on the subway cars and platforms of the 7 Train themselves, and then in addition to that, in the run up to the Queensboro Bridge,” said New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer. “That’s why I am saying now we need to focus on this investment into our mass transit. The Move NY plan is the best and most responsible way to get us there. This is a responsible way to ensure that the MTA’s needs are fully funded on an ongoing basis without putting a financial burden on the backs of riders.”
The Move NY Fair Plan offers positive benefits to New York’s transit riding public, including those who live in Majority Leader Van Bramer’s district: new select bus service, expanded ferry and Express Bus service, and discounted Express Bus and intra-city LIRR and Metro-North trips seven days a week. Unique to the Move NY plan, these improvements go beyond the MTA capital plan in expanding the delivery of more affordable, more accessible options to get around the city. For those who rely on a car to get around, the plan sets aside $350 million annually to keep our roads and bridges in good repair. With the Move NY “toll swap,” where the MTA’s outer bridge tolls are slashed by up to 48%, Queens residents will experience substantial toll relief on five out of six of the borough’s bridges while also benefiting from more transit options and reduced traffic congestion, crashes, and asthma rates in Hunters Point, Long Island City, and Astoria.
“Majority Leader Van Bramer’s endorsement gives the campaign to enact the Fair Plan a nice shot in the arm,” says Alex Matthiessen, Move NY’s Campaign Director and President of Blue Marble Project. “As the City Council’s majority leader and a widely respected member of the Queens delegation, his support is especially meaningful and significant. Majority Leader Van Bramer has done his homework and like a growing number of New Yorkers, has come to the conclusion that the Move NY Fair Plan is the best and only option for reducing traffic, improving transit, and securing a sustainable revenue stream to maintain and expand our transportation network. We look forward to working with Majority Leader Van Bramer and other elected officials to make Move NY a reality for the millions of riders and drivers who rely on our subways, buses, roads, bridges, and commuter rail to get around this great city.”