United States Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Counselor to the President John Podesta, New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, Congress Member Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan/Brooklyn), Congress Member Gregory W. Meeks (D-Queens), Congress Member Joseph Crowley (D-Queens/Bronx) and Congress Member Grace Meng (D-Queens) today announced that New York City was awarded $191 million in Federal Transit Administration funds as a result of its application to the FTA Hurricane Sandy Competitive Resilience Program. The funds will be used to construct two new 4,500 passenger Staten Island ferry boats, as part of the process of updating the aging fleet with modern, storm resilient vessels, capable of operating during large scale evacuations. Read more
As the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) continues to address roadways across the five boroughs this year, crews will be milling and resurfacing key portions of the eastbound Belt Parkway between Flatbush Avenue and Rockaway Parkway from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. beginning on Monday, September 15 to provide a safer, smoother roadway for Brooklyn drivers. The closures will occur Monday nights through Saturday mornings and last for approximately three weeks. During this project, motorists will be guided through a detour route, which exits at Flatbush Avenue, proceeds to Utica/Flatlands Avenues, then East 76th Street/Paerdegat Avenue, Seaview Avenue and returns to the Belt Parkway via Rockaway Parkway. Flatlands and Pennsylvania Avenues become a designated alternate route. DOT is coordinating with NYPD, which will post traffic enforcements agents along the detour. Signs indicating the detour route will be installed as additional guidance. Read more
The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced that it now manages over 10,000 signalized intersections in New York City from one integrated system at a single traffic management center, breaking an international record for largest computerized system for signalized intersections.
New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg was joined today by Editor Bill Strickland and Publisher Zachary Grice of Bicycling magazine, which this week named New York City the top U.S. city for cycling, highlighting the sustained and continuing efforts by the agency to engineer safer streets for bicyclists and investments in infrastructure. New York City moved to first from seventh place in just two years since the publication last ranked U.S. cities nationwide with populations of 100,000 or more in 2012, reflecting the transformation on New York City’s streets to a place where cycling is safe, convenient, fun, and increasingly the transportation mode of choice of New Yorkers on the go. Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives and Ken Podziba, President/CEO of Bike New York also joined DOT and the publication’s leadership along the newly completed protected bike path on Lafayette Street in downtown Manhattan.
New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Commissioner Dr. Feniosky Peña-Mora today announced the groundbreaking of Phase 2 of the Fordham Plaza reconstruction project in the Bronx. The new Fordham Plaza will play an important role in Vision Zero’s goal to reduce traffic-related deaths and injuries with shortened pedestrian crossings, new direct crossings established to deter jaywalking, and a 25 percent expansion in pedestrian space. Read more
New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg today announced fourteen additional Arterial Slow Zones to be implemented in the coming months. Beginning Monday, August 4, the first of this second round of Slow Zones will be implemented at Jerome Avenue in the Bronx, between East 161 Street to Bainbridge Avenue, a five-mile stretch. The speed limit will be lowered by 5 mph and new signs indicating this change will be put up.
New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) invites all New Yorkers to Summer Streets, with the first one taking place on Sat., Aug. 2. from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Hundreds of free activities will be available along the entire route, which extends from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park in Manhattan. Last year, 300,000 people attended Summer Streets. With new features—including an interactive sound installation inside the Park Avenue tunnel, dog park, musical performances and new architectural and public art walking tours—and the return of favorites such as the zip line, city picnic and rock-climbing wall, this year’s lineup offers activities for the whole family to enjoy at all three Summer Streets on Aug. 2, 9 and 16.
The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) today encouraged all New Yorkers to add their feedback, including intersection-specific safety concerns, to the Vision Zero online portal before the comment period closes on Thursday, July 31. Input is vital, especially from those familiar with local traffic conditions and people’s behavior. The comments will be used to shape robust borough-specific traffic safety plans that will guide future work as part of Mayor de Blasio’s goal to eliminate traffic fatalities. Read more
New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg today announced the return of Summer Streets, Weekend Walks and extended car-free hours in Central Park. Summer Streets will take place on August 2, 9 and 16 from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Last year, 300,000 people attended Summer Streets. This year’s event features a new, interactive sound installation inside the Park Avenue tunnel and hundreds of family-friendly activities along the entire route, which extends from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park in Manhattan. Read more
As the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) continues to address roadways across the five boroughs, the agency announced a partial closure related to contracted subsurface repairs on a short, Parks Department-owned portion of the southbound Henry Hudson Parkway beginning tomorrow evening, providing a safer, smoother roadway for Manhattan drivers. Tomorrow evening, Saturday, June 14th, the southbound right lane will be closed until 5 a.m., Tuesday, June 24. During this period, the southbound entrance ramps to the parkway between West 125th Street and West 96th Street will be closed between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. daily, with traffic diverted to local streets. This partial closure will allow for a targeted subsurface work in an area requiring maintenance. During this project, NYPD traffic agents and Economic Development Corporation (EDC)-provided pedestrian safety mangers will be posted at key affected intersections. Motorists are urged to avoid the area if possible and use alternate routes. Read more