Councilman James Vacca, (D-Bronx), 54, last month took over as chair of the council Transportation Committee. The lifelong Bronx guy sat down with amNewYork recently to discuss this new role:
How will you improve transit?
I want to promote ferry service. We have a vast waterfront in New York City that’s underutilized. If we made it affordable … that’s another alternative to get people out of their cars.
What’s your take on the city’s bike lane push?
I’m open to bike lanes, but there’s got to be some common sense as far as where they go.
What needs to be done with the taxi industry?
I’m definitely concerned that people are boarding taxis that are not registered, licensed or insured.