Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives, congratulates Polly E. Trottenberg on her appointment as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation:
Polly Trottenberg is a demonstrated leader in progressive transportation, and we applaud Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio for making this well-considered appointment.
Polly Trottenberg comes to New York City from a position as the third-ranking official at the US Department of Transportation. The current USDOT is the most progressive the nation has ever seen when it comes to emphasizing mass transit, biking, walking and street safety. Polly Trottenberg has played a major role in that policy shift.
Ms. Trottenberg has also served as a high-ranking staffer for Senators Barbara Boxer and Charles Schumer, and for the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Here in the New York metropolitan area, she worked for the Executive Director of the Port Authority. In her current position as Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy in Washington, Polly Trottenberg has worked with local agencies around the country. Her expertise in management and legislative implementation will serve her well as she leads the talented team at NYC DOT. Her skills and experience will be essential to implementing Mayor-elect de Blasio’s agenda to make the City’s streets safer for all New Yorkers.
The new commissioner’s leadership at DOT will be key to achieving Vision Zero, Mayor-elect de Blasio’s goal of eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries on New York City streets by 2024. As part of that effort, the incoming commissioner will implement the Mayor-elect’s pledge to overhaul at least 50 dangerous traffic corridors and intersections every year -- by narrowing excessively wide streets that encourage speeding and reckless passing, and by widening sidewalks and medians to make streets safer to cross. We look forward to seeing the Vision Zero benchmarks that Ms. Trottenberg will release along with Mayor-elect de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton within the first 100 days.
Commissioner Trottenberg can bring greater equity to our streets by implementing the Mayor-elect’s plans for a new Bus Rapid Transit network -- 20 lines to connect communities with little or no subway service. In addition, the new DOT commissioner can make New York a national model by realizing Mayor-elect de Blasio’s promise to expand the bicycle network and the Citi Bike system, to grow bicycling to 6% of all trips by 2020.
Transportation Alternatives stands ready to work with Polly Trottenberg to turn Mayor-elect de Blasio’s promises into reality, to make the streets safer across the five boroughs.