For decades, we’ve slowly lowered our investments to improve transportation. When we slowly return to post-pandemic normalcy, restoring NYC’s transit capabilities is going to be crucial to restore our economy. This gives us a brilliant chance to fix the crumbling inequities along in our transit capabilities for low-income neighborhoods and the disabled.
NYC has the 2nd worst traffic condition in the country and a decrease in the rate of use of public transport has increased air pollution and congestion. Accessibility to public transportation is relatively low for senior citizens and students in District-23 as well. To tackle all these issues, Koshy will push for better bike lanes, electrification of our public bus fleet, expand our public transportation capabilities, improve access to subways and take control of NYC’s transit network to micromanage the problems that we face. This also presents an opportunity to create new jobs.
Computerized models have shown that increase in toll charges will lead to an increase in carpooling. So, to decrease traffic congestion and increase carpooling among New Yorkers, Koshy will push for increases in toll charges specifically in heavy traffic congestion areas.