Overall, 75 of the 86 candidates surveyed responded to the transportation query, and only in Westchester did all candidates respond on transportation. Slightly more candidates (25%) were open to strategies like congestion pricing and charging employees for parking than opposed such techniques (22%). Some said transportation pricing policies would be unfair to commuters who already contribute dedicated transportation revenues and would be punitive if no adequate alternatives were provided. 48% of all candidates stressed the need for more and better mass transit, calling for improvements to LIRR, Metro-North, and local bus service. Vanpools and carpools ranked second among frequently cited tactics for reducing congestion. And 23% of the candidates suggested telecommuting, staggered work hours, or a flexible work-week as means of reducing commuter traffic at peak hours. Few candidates (2%) discussed the relationship between exclusive commercial strip zoning and traffic or the positive effect which higher density development could have on congestion levels.
A comparison of total responses indicates Nassau candidates were most prepared to discuss a wide range of congestion strategies, indicating a high profile for transportation issues there (especially support for expanded transit).
The sophisticated transportation questions posed by the League of Conservation Voters are a very welcome addition to transportation policy discourse by one of the region's more established environmental voices. For copies of the questionnaire or responses, contact Peter Sterling at the League: (212) 777-3536.
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