According to a March poll from the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, New Yorkers are more concerned with transportation than NYC traffic and congestion. They care more about the NYC buses and NYC subways than adding or taking away traffic lanes for things like fast-service buses.
Granted, only 5% of the registered voters surveyed targeted transportation as the most important issue for NYC, after education and the economy. Of that 5%, two-thirds cited ‘quality mass transit’ as the top issue, and 20% were concerned with traffic congestion.
Turns out that 54% of NYC households don’t have a vehicle, so this all makes sense.