Hillary Feels Staten Island’s Pain on Traffic

While transportation issues are clearly not very high up on Mayor Bloomberg’s agenda, at least one New York elected official is acknowledging that the city has major traffic problems in need of big solutions. At last week’s Staten Island Chamber of Commerce breakfast, Clinton focused almost exclusively on transportation issues, according to the Advance:

From scorning Staten Island’s inadequate mass transit system and the average commute time of 44 minutes, to applauding recent funding for the defunct North Shore rail line, Sen. Hillary Clinton yesterday assured borough residents that their traffic and transit concerns are not being overlooked in the nation’s capital.

"Staten Island also has the longest average commute in the nation," Clinton said incredulously. "You know, when I got that statistic I double-checked and tripled-checked. … I thought to myself, ‘Wow, that’s saying a lot.’"

Mrs. Clinton followed the tone set by Chamber CEO Linda Baran, who emphasized the lack of mass transit during her introductory remarks.

"Simply put, we need to get people out of their cars and off the roads," Ms. Baran said.

Emphasizing the borough’s transportation woes seemed a successful tactic for Mrs. Clinton, from the standing ovation she received.

  • I grew up on Staten Island and it was a very car centric, suburban life out there. One problem I believe is zoning related. There is a lot of residential-only zoning and not enough mixed use zoning, which only encourages people to drive long distances to do their grocery runs. Where I lived, it was over a mile walk to the local grocery store. The only other closer option was the gas station on Richmond Terrace, which was such a dangerous intersection I often drove just for the safety factor…

    More true corner grocery stores/ delis / pizza shops, would do wonders for relieving traffic congestion.

  • And I’ve walked miles of the old right of way for the North Shore rail connection. Reviving that line would be a tremendous help in reducing traffic congestion it included some significant park and ride facilities. It could stimulate development along the Northern waterfront as well.

  • Hillary for Mayor!

    John (born on Staten Island)

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