New Yorkers suffer the longest work commute of any large urban population in the nation, averaging 6 hours and 18 minutes a week in transit. However, for residents living on the city's perimeter traveling into any of the three largest business districts—midtown, the financial district, or downtown Brooklyn—this burden is even greater: roughly 15 hours a week.
That amounts to 238% more time spent commuting for Southeast Queens residents than other New Yorkers. On a daily basis, they spend three hours per day in transit. The United States Census Bureau deems that an "extreme commute."
We are traveling longer and spending less time at home and with our families. Southeast Queens shares this experience with neighbors in the Rockaways, the North Bronx and the South Shore of Staten Island.
For these reasons I have proposed an easily implemented five-point plan—the five E's—to quickly and efficiently improve transit in "transportation deserts" throughout the city:
• Equalize commuter rail fares and eliminate two-fare zones
• Enact the Commuter Van Reform Act
• Extend express bus service.
• Expand Vision Zero
• Ensure proper funding.