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
As part of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) project to rehabilitate the Brooklyn Bridge ramps and approaches, a full closure of the bridge’s Manhattan-bound lanes will be required this weekend, from 11:59 p.m. Fri., June 13 through 6 a.m. Mon., June 16. There also will be limited closures on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway and southbound FDR Drive On-Ramp. Read more
The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced the results of this year’s “We’re Walking Here” competition, with P.S. 90/Edna Cohen School, Coney Island, Brooklyn; P.S. 1 Tottenville School, Staten Island; and P.S. 307/Pioneer Academy, Corona, Queens; earning first, second and third place, respectively. The Little Red School House/LREI, Greenwich Village, Manhattan, and H.S. 721 OTC, Gravesend, Brooklyn, received honorable mentions. These winning schools submitted public service announcements (PSA) that encourage walking and active lifestyle choices, and will be integrated into next year’s curricula The competition also builds on the City’s Vision Zero efforts, which aim to educate New Yorkers about our shared responsibility in street safety. Click on the video images below to watch them. Read more
New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, Metropolitan Transportation Authority-New York City Transit (MTA-NYCT) President Carmen Bianco and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito today announced the launch of the M60 Select Bus Service, the city’s seventh SBS route, serving 125th Street in Manhattan and LaGuardia Airport in Queens. The 125th Street corridor sees 33,000 daily passengers, including 10,000 on the M60 alone, and is an important crosstown route and inter-borough link between jobs centers in Manhattan and Queens, including Harlem’s commercial center and LaGuardia. The six existing SBS routes have reduced passenger travel times by 20 percent and increased ridership by 10 percent, and Mayor Bill de Blasio has committed to bringing 20 lines to key corridors across the boroughs. Read more
New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg today thanked all New Yorkers for their contributions to the Vision Zero initiative, and provided details on the continuing series of public workshops. Building on the success of the earlier workshops Brooklyn and the Bronx, as well as the ongoing series of Vision Zero town halls held in coordination with the City Council and other stakeholders, the upcoming workshops allow for extensive community input and collaboration as DOT and the New York City Police Department develop pedestrian safety plans for each borough. The Commissioner also announced that New Yorkers have made more than 10,000 contributions to the administration’s Vision Zero online portal.
New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Bronx Borough Commissioner Connie Moran, New York City Police Department (NYPD) Deputy Chief of Patrol Borough Bronx Terrence Monahan, Council Member Andy King and Assembly Member Mark Gjonaj today announced the implementation of an Arterial Slow Zone along three miles of East Gun Hill Road, from Jerome Avenue to the New England Thruway. Beginning next week, the speed limit will be lowered from 30 to 25 m.p.h. and traffic signals will be retimed to reduce opportunities for dangerous speeding along this stretch of the corridor that has seen four fatalities, all pedestrians, since 2008.
New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, New York Police Department (NYPD) Chief of Transportation Thomas Chan, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Council Transportation Chair Ydanis Rodríguez, Council Member Helen Rosenthal and Transportation Alternatives’ Paul Steely White today unveiled pedestrian improvements at the intersection of West 96th Street and Broadway on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, an area with two pedestrian fatalities and a third just blocks away in January. The intersection also had 20 pedestrian injuries between 2008 and 2012. The project follows Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent budget announcement, which included $51.8 million for important Vision Zero-related safety projects like this, as well as $14.1 million for additional NYPD and Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) efforts. Read more
The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced the release of “Cross This Way,” a dynamic new video designed to highlight street safety tips for students in grades four through six. The video features 29 students from Brooklyn’s P.S. 261 in various realistic scenarios crossing the street and incorporates hip hop music and dance to make learning fun and memorable. The release is aligned with Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative, which charged DOT to boost its education and outreach efforts to help make streets safer for everyone, especially children, who are among the most vulnerable pedestrians.