Transportation infrastructure is vital to the smooth functioning of our economy and society. The Bronx is part of a city which relies on public transportation to a far greater extent than others. Congressman Serrano has worked on behalf of the Bronx to make sure that federal funding helps preserve, upgrade, and expand the transportation choices available. He also advocates for lowering the greenhouse gas emissions of transportation options in the Bronx to reduce environmental harm.
During his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Serrano has worked to upgrade and beautify the streets of the Bronx. In a dense urban environment, the Bronx is dependent on the common space of the streets, and as it rebuilds itself from a troubled time, the streets have become a symbol of the rebirth of the Bronx. The clean, safer streets are home to the life of the borough, and Congressman Serrano has contributed to that clean up. He has secured multiple funding sources for making the streets safer, both for pedestrians, and cars, as well as reduced crime through lighting and increased police presence. Serrano believes that the Bronx streetscape is a mirror of the diverse and rich community that inhabits it.
Congressman Serrano knows that many of the residents of the Bronx use the MTA system to travel to and from work, as well as to move about the community. As a result, he has always supported MTA requests for federal funding and programs. Congressman Serrano was the leader in securing funding for a new MetroNorth stop at the new Yankee Stadium, ensuring that Yankee games would generate less traffic congestion in the surrounding neighborhood and roadways
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Washington, D.C. – Reps. José E. Serrano (D-NY) and Tom Emmer (R-MN) sent a letter last week to World Bank President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, with 39 of their colleagues urging him to improve road safety in developing countries.
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Washington, DC – June 10, 2014 – Today, Congressman José E. Serrano announced that the Bronx had been awarded $5.7 million in federal transportation funds for three projects designed to enhance transportation safety. Of the funds, $900,000 will go to a project to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety on Bruckner Boulevard. Another $800,000 will enhance safety on East Tremont Avenue. And $4 million will fund a third phase of safety improvements on the Grand Concourse.
The Bronx – December 2, 2013 – Congressman José E. Serrano issued the following statement in the wake of the tragic Metro North derailment this weekend.
“On behalf of my community, I would like to extend condolences to the families who lost loved ones in the Metro North derailment yesterday, and our wishes for a speedy recovery to those who were injured. Our hearts went out the victims and their families as we learned the details of the tragedy.
Washington, DC – Congressmen José E. Serrano and Joseph Crowley today announced that the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market’s $10 million federal TIGER Grant for freight rail improvements had been given final approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation, greenlighting the project’s federal funding.
Washington, DC – June 7, 2012 – Congressman José E. Serrano today joined with community groups in asking that the Sheridan-Hunts Point Land Use and Transportation Study (SEHP) continue to include the “full removal” option for the Sheridan Expressway; an option which had been deemed unfeasible by the City Department of Transportation and removed from further study on May 10th.
Washington, DC – After learning of millions of dollars languishing unused for a decade, Congressman José E. Serrano called today for the immediate identification of a suitable Bronx project and for the disbursement of the funds. The New York City Comptroller, John Liu, issued a report yesterday that detailed how the unspent $8.9 million had been directed for use on South Bronx rail improvements.