Statement of Teresa Toro, Tri-State Transportation Campaign

City Planning Commission Hearing: Yankee Stadium Redevelopment Project

January 11, 2006

I am Teresa Toro, NYC Coordinator for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. The Campaign’s mission is to achieve an environmentally sound, economically efficient and socially just transportation network.

I am here today to urge the City Planning Commission to reject this proposal.

The Yankee Stadium redevelopment plan will dramatically worsen game-day gridlock in the South Bronx because it calls for a roughly 75% increase in parking spaces and has no mass transit or neighborhood traffic relief components.

Adding insult to injury, the Environmental Impact Statement for this project refuses to acknowledge the impact that thousands of additional parking spaces will have on traffic, congestion, and air quality. Parking-induced travel is a well-documented phenomenon; however, both the Yankees and the City continue to claim that adding thousands of new parking spaces will not cause any new vehicle trips because the new stadium has slightly fewer seats.

Economic development in the South Bronx should not come at the expense of the health and quality of life of its residents. The South Bronx already has a disproportionate number of waste transfer stations and high levels of diesel truck traffic. It has one of the highest asthma rates in the city and the country. The environment of the South Bronx should not be further compromised to create car-dependent suburban-focused facilities. 

Instead of building more parking, the City and the Yankees should be working with the community to promote mass transit, and reduce traffic congestion and air pollution. And instead of paying for parking garages that will displace the community’s parks, the State could use the money to pay for a Metro-North station. 

Please send this plan back to the drawing board.

Thank you.

Teresa Toro
NYC Coordinator