Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Isn't the Mayor of New York a Republican?

City of New York. Plan NYC: A Greener, Greater New York. (New York, 2009).

New York used to concentrate on dealing with crises. Now it seeks to plan to prevent crises.

New York City’s public transportation use has reached levels that it has not seen in five decades. Its crime has not been so low since 45 years ago. Its bond rating is the highest. It had 44 million tourists visit in one year, the most ever.

This Plan seeks to improve New York’s environment and infrastructure. New York has one of the oldest infrastructure systems with some electric grids from the 1920s. New York needs modern infrastructure that is more environmentally sensitive.

3,000 miles of roads, bridges, and tunnels as well as most of the subway system are deteriorating. The water tunnel system needs to be evaluated for operational efficiency.

New York needs to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions from cars, power plants, and boilers. New York will build more efficient power plants.

It is a goal that a park exists within a 10 minute walk of all residents.

New York should coordinate new housing developments with transit development. Rezoning will be done accordingly.

About 60 miles of vacant waterfront is being reclaimed and rezoned. Residential uses will be part of these developments.

The New York City Housing Authority plans to produce 6,000 more affordable housing units by 2013.

Decks will be built over highways, rail lines, and rail yards. Having these exposed tends to halt nearby development. This admittedly will present some difficulties.

The New York Housing Trust Fund will help with creating new housing for low income and poor households.

The New York City Acquisition Fund will use $200 million to acquire property to create 30,000 affordable housing units.

New York faces challenges as some rent control restrictions on HUD properties are expiring. In addition, many such property require costly repairs.

New York has added 300 acres of parks in five years. Some schoolyards will become public playgrounds. The city has also built 36 soccer fields, 35 baseball fields, 35 track fields, and 22 tennis areas. It is also improving underdeveloped parklands.

New York has planted 122,000 trees along curbs.

Brownfields are being cleaned for reuse. A city office to handle this is being created. The city is testing to see where land has been contaminated.

Wastewater infrastructure will be upgraded. Less waste will thus be discharged during rainstorms. High level storm sewers will be constructed at several sites such as Hudson Yards.

More trees will be planted. Trees help with storm water management, as the trees absorb this water. New York plans to use new trees to reduce storm water by four million gallons.

The city plans to create 20 cubic meters of ribbed mussel beds. The first project at Hendrix Creek will cost $600,000. Mussels filter effluent and hopefully will create an increase in water quality. A few centuries ago, half of the oysters in the world existed in New York Harbor.

Paved parking increases storm water. The city will create begeated ditches, also known as swales, and gravel buffer strips to filer pollutants from water runoff. Swales will also be created along highway medians and street where the land to do so exists.

Creating gardens on roofs also reduces water runoff.

New York is acting to protect its remaining wetlands. 86% of wetlands were destroyed in the past century.

New York is one of the five large American cities without a drinking water filtration plant. This makes protecting the city’s watershed more important. An ultraviolent disinfection plant will be built to deal with Cryptos poridium, a parasite that survives the city’s current chlorine treatment. The first filtration plant will also be built in the Bronx and will serve part of the city’s water supply.

The city is identifying new water supplies, especially in nearby aquifers in case a current major supplier of water, the Delaware Aqueduct, needs to be closed for a long period.

About 31% of people arriving at the Manhattan Central Business District do so by automobile. 4.6% of Manhattan commuters use their cars. It is projected that rush hour in 2030 will last half the day.

New York seeks to reduce congestion by building the Second Avenue Subway, adding a third track to the Long Island Rail Road Main Line, building another New Jersey Transit tunnel under the Hudson River, and creating an Express Bus Lane in the Lincoln Tunnel.

New York is the American city with the most bus riders. Yet they travel at among the slowest rates. Average bus speeds decreased 4% from 2002 to 2006. New York is planning five Bus Rapid Transit routes, one in each borough, that can be used to connect with other buses every 10 to 15 blocks apart. Bus lanes will be created on the Manhattan, Williamsburg, and Queensboro Bridges.

Sidewalks need to be built or expanded at 24 subway station stops and several bus stations which have been identified as congested.

841,000 employees work in Manhattan. 1,560,000 work in the other boroughs. Commuter traffic issues exist throughout the city.

Private ferry companies are bringing more service to New York. The city is working with these companies to interconnect public transit cards with ferry fares.

New York is planning for 1,800 miles of bike lanes for 2030, including 504 miles of bike only paths.

New York seeks approval of congestion pricing to charge vehicles more for entering congested areas between 6 am and 6 pm on weekdays. This would encourage some vehicles to switch to other times to travel and thus reduce congestion.

New York plans to hire 100 more Traffic Enforcement Agents with additional hires into the future. The will have the authority to ticket “block the box” violators that create traffic jams.

State law allows New York City to have only100 red light traffic enforcement cameras. They are being rotated so drivers won’t know which ones are in use. The city recommends the state changing the law to allow using more such cameras.

The city resurfaces an average of 800 miles of lanes annually. It needs to resurface about 1,000 miles of lanes annually just to keep up with normal maintenance. The city is recycling removed asphalt into reuse as fresh asphalt.

New Yorkers spend about $13.4 billion on energy in one year. This energy use also creates over 40% of local air pollution. The natural gas infrastructure will be enlarged. More renewable energy sources will be used. Rebates will be offered for environmentally sensitive building construction and for installing solar panels. The expanded use of smart meters will inform customers of their energy use throughout the day which should encourage some to shift some usage to lower cost times.

New York has a goal of being the American city with the best air quality. Emissions will be reduced for taxis, limousines, and school buses. Ferries will use less polluting fuels. Planting more trees will help. Congestion pricing and an improved transit system should reduce total vehicle use.

New York will seek to lower annual release of greenhouse gases by 33.6 million metric tons annually. Building codes and energy codes will seek reduced emissions. Consumers will be encouraged to use more energy efficient appliances. New York will do its part to fight global warming, especially since global warming increases the threat of flooding in New York.


Blogger Tchaikovsky Sounds Funny said...

Who are these people leaving box comments, and now box names. I suspect these may be a foreign language that does not translate into letters. If anyone posting these will please post in English, we would appreciate it. Otherwise, key Republicans may seek to deport your comments, and that could get ugly.

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