SIANS is an attempt to justify the need for increasing roadway capacity on Staten Island. One of their surveys reveals the types and levels of dissatisfaction of the public regarding transportation. For instance, this survey showed that travelers encountered the most problems with driving. But when this survey is cross-referenced with SIANS data regarding the amount each mode is used, we can see that mass transit users are just as upset about the quality of their service as drivers. The cross-referencing indicates that each driver registered 1.04 complaints, though each mass transit rider registered .94 complaints.
Roadway improvements will help buses in addition to autos, but the capacity increases are not directly targeted at transit, so will not make mass transit more attractive. Since Staten Island has so little mass transit service and transit is far more desirable than autos in terms of environmental and community impacts in addition to the volume of people which can be moved, it is transit service which needs to be improved. Many of the roadway capacity increases will degrade the transportation infrastructure for persons walking and bicycling. Cyclists and pedestrians are the least costly and most positive modes of transportation and are the modes which need most need to be encouraged. The work of the SIANS and the thinking behind it should be scrapped. A new study of ways to improve transit, bicycling, walking and the interconnectivity of these modes should be advanced and the recommendations implemented.
|---TRAVELERS' PROBLEMS (1)----||-----PRIORITY MODE (2)----|
|Problem||Complaints||Complaints / Mode User||% Using Mode||# Using Mode|
|Motor Vehicle Subtotal||68%||1.04||65%||293,183|
1) From November 1990 "Staten Island Arterial Report"
2) Derived from "Market Opinion Research," Tables 28 and 29
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