Public Transit and Livable Streets

A more robust, efficient and fully-funded public transportation system is key to sustainable growth for our community, and for the city and region as a whole. At the same time, there are simple things we can do to make our city's streets safe for pedestrians, bikers and drivers alike. With more frequent subway and bus service, with safer and more better-planned streets, we can have both a metropolis that really works, and neighborhoods that are more livable day-to-day.

Combating trucks we were promised would not be on Columbia Street

Photo by Adam Armstrong
New York Daily News
05/27/2010

Beer distributor Phoenix Beverages is driving its trucks down Columbia St. to move cargo between waterfront piers - and neighborhood residents are hop-ping mad. Residents say the trucks tie up traffic on the narrow residential stretch, spew fumes, and present a safety hazard. "The street's narrow and not at all suited for truck traffic," said Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn). "Truck traffic is going to lead to accidents ... We do ... want a working waterfront, but [it has to] coexist with its neighbors." Read more »

Brad's Bike-to-Work Day

I had a fun bike-to-work day today that turned out to be more of a bike-for-work day, biking from one end of the district to the other!

Read my testimony from the MTA service cuts hearing

I am adamantly opposed to the service cuts facing our city. The mass transit system is the life blood of our region and is a necessity to millions of households in the region. The cuts to student metro cards and Access-a-Ride are particularly troubling and will only create other problems down the line: truant students in low-income neighborhoods, health problems for Access-a-Ride customers who will miss medical appointments, and a more dangerous system as station workers are cut.

Brooklyn Braces for Loss of Bus Lines

Crain's New York Business
02/07/2010

As part of a desperate attempt to save cash, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has put two popular area bus lines, the B71 and the B75, on the chopping block. “These buses are the lifeblood of the neighborhood,” says City Councilman Brad Lander. “Carroll Gardens has a lot of seniors, and those seniors can't ride the subway. These buses are also absolutely essential for families.” Read more »