Archive for September, 2009

plaNYC

September 17, 2009

downtown_mapNew York City has made a commitment to conduct an annual comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions inventory. The City released its first emissions inventory along with PlaNYC on Earth Day 2007.

plaNYC includes various public transportation initiatives, including expansion of ferry service, as excerpted below:

“Across the city, more than 60 miles of largely-abandoned waterfront land is being reclaimed for recreation and new communities. But some of these neighborhoods lack the basic transportation infrastructure required for sustainable growth. In some areas, the nearest subway stop is more than three-quarters of a mile away. Where there is service, the trains and buses are increasingly crowded as growing numbers of commuters use stations closest to Manhattan.

Ferries and water taxis can help solve both of these problems. In addition, ferries have proven that they can provide critical backup transportation for the city during emergencies, as they did on 9/11 and during the 2003 blackout.”

Today’s press release from plaNYC deals with school buses and reads:

STATEMENT OF MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON COUNCIL PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL MAKE SCHOOL BUSES GREENER, ACCOMPLISHING GOAL SET IN PLANYC

“By passing Intro. 622-A, the City Council is taking a step that will protect public health and the environment by decreasing the emissions that come from school buses. The legislation passed today, which I intend to sign, requires all diesel-powered school buses to be retrofitted to keep pollution out of bus cabins by 2011 and lowers the retirement age of buses to 16 years starting in 2010, allowing the Department of Education to take the oldest buses off our streets. These old buses make up just 11 percent of the fleet but are responsible for a disproportionate amount of pollution. Intro 622-A will protect children and school bus drivers from diesel pollution inside of school buses and will decrease air emissions by requiring that replacement buses comply with the latest EPA emissions standards. It will also allow us to complete one of the 127 initiatives in PlaNYC, our long-term plan for a greener, greater New York City.” 2106 sif statue