By 2019, two new Staten Island Ferry vessels should be crisscrossing the New York Harbor. Outside of the Whitehall Ferry Terminal this morning, United States Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced thatÂ New York City had been awarded aÂ $191 million grant to design and construct theseÂ vessels that will beÂ more agile and storm-resilient than what’s in the ferry’sÂ current fleet. These funds will also allow the city to invest in resiliency measures at the ferry’s terminals and at surrounding public transit systems. This federal grant was just one component of the U.S. DOT’s latestÂ round of Sandy-related funding, which provides over $3 billion for resiliency measures for the East Coast’s public transit systems. Roughly 90 percent of this money is allocated for projects in New York State and New Jersey.
At a recent transportation forum hosted by the New York Building Congress, New York City Transportation Commissioner, Polly Trottenberg, laid-out her agenda for the cityâ€™s streets. She said implementing Mayor de Blasioâ€™s Vision Zero plan to reduce traffic fatalities remains the departmentâ€™s first priority, but made clear that, under her leadership, the NYCDOT will be doing more than safety upgrades.
Trottenberg praised her predecessor, Janette Sadik-Khan, for â€œcracking some eggsâ€ and fighting for bike lanes, bikeshare, Select Bus Service, and pedestrian plazas when it was not politically popular to do so. She explained that Sadik-Khanâ€™s commitment to these types of programsâ€”and the Bloomberg administrationâ€™s ability to realize themâ€”makes her job that much easier. The challenge now is keeping up with the demand for new public space.
Mayor de Blasioâ€™s Vision Zero is coming to another dangerous New York City corridor. NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and city officials announced that the Grand Concourse in the Bronx will become the second of the cityâ€™s 25 planned â€œarterial slow zones.â€ The speed limit on more than five miles of the busy road will be lowered to 25-miles-per-hour, and traffic signals will be retimed to protect pedestrians. The announcement comes weeks after an eight-mile stretch of Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn and Queens was given the same treatment.
Vision Zero is coming to Brooklyn and Queens‘ Atlantic Avenue. Nearly eight miles of the notoriously dangerous thoroughfare will be transformed into the first of 25 planned â€œarterial slow zones.â€ Last Wednesdayâ€”at the busy corner of Atlantic and Washington avenuesâ€”Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg announced that the city is taking immediate steps to save lives by reducing the street’s speed limit from 30MPH to 25.
After promising to â€œend the tragic and unacceptable rash of pedestrian deathsâ€ in his State of the City speech, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has officially unveiled his â€œVision Zero Action Plan.â€ On Manhattanâ€™s Upper West Side, near an area where three pedestrians have been killed in the past month, the mayor promised to address the scourge of traffic fatalities across the city.