The long-term authorization of the Federal Transportation Bill has been hanging in limbo since September 2009. But there have been recent indications that President Obama would like it to be high on Congress’ list of things to do next year. The New York State Transportation Equity Alliance recently asked congressional candidates, from across NY State to respond to the following question, which is part of a longer survey:
What are your top legislative priorities for the federal transportation bill that specifically address environmental justice and civil rights?
Here are the responses:
Timothy Bishop (D-1st)
One of my top priorities for the Surface Transportation Authorization Act is to decrease the nation’s reliance on automobile travel and increase funding for transit improvements and operations. I am also involved with increasing opportunities for non-vehicular local transportation improvements and smart growth policies.
Howard Kudler (D-3rd)
Making sure that Americans will arrive safely and efficiently at their destinations.
Carolyn McCarthy (D-4th)
The federal transportation bill should ensure the funding is distributed equally and fairly. This includes more funding for our rails, buses and other forms of mass transit.
New York City
Kenneth Reynolds (R-7th)
A transportation bill that addresses civil rights and “environmental justice”? That’s too-loaded a question for me. Sorry.
Jerrold Nadler (D-8th)
I support transportation projects and policies that reduce environmental pollution in low-income and minority communities, such as the Cross Harbor Rail Tunnel that will remove over 1 million tractor-trailers off NYC roads, and that primarily traverse the GW Bridge causing high asthma rates in the Bronx and Upper Manhattan.
Diana Muniz (R-10th)
As the climate changes in our environment, so does the population increases, there is a bigger need to expand in tecnology. We need to stop servcice cuts and keep cost down, since the goverment has not given a pay increase in many years.
Yvette Clarke (D-11th)
1. Create jobs, especially green jobs. 2. Focus on public transportation needs as much as highway expansion. 3. Greater transparency and public participation in the transportation planning of communities.
Michael McMahon (D-13th)
I believe that the federal government needs to make a significant increase in our support for mass transit.
Michel Faulkner (R-15th)
My top legislative priority is to return disenfranchised unemployed Americans back to work. When more people are working, the federal government has more money to use to protect and maintain America’s transportation systems.