Testimony presented by Matthew Roth, Transportation Alternatives and Steering Committee Member, Citywide Coalition for

For far too long, the residents and businesses of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island have suffered under New York's "nightmare" traffic and its congestion, noise, danger and pollution.

For our children, and for our health, productivity and quality of life, we need relief. This is not an impossible task. Today there are modern and effective solutions to reduce traffic and lessen its impact on our daily lives.

We, the 136 community, civic, advocacy, and business organizations that constitute the New York City Traffic Relief Coalition, urge the New York City Council to support Intro 199, the "Traffic Information and Relief Bill," as the first step toward adopting these modern solutions to reduce traffic, improve our quality of life, promote our health, and improve street performance. On November 14th, 2006, the NYC Traffic Relief Coalition gathered on the steps of City Hall and called on the Mayor, the City Council, and all the agencies responsible for the management of our streets to embrace the following five solutions as part of a comprehensive traffic relief plan to reduce citywide traffic volumes by 15% by the year 2009.

  • Wider and more protected rights-of-way for transit, walking, and bicycling
  • Parking Reform
  • Traffic Calming
  • Reduction of Truck Impacts
  • Feasibility Study of Congestion Pricing in Commercial Districts

The NYC Traffic Relief Coalition embraces Intro 199 as the first step toward achieving this fundamental reduction in traffic volumes by 2009, and urges the passage of this bill not only to improve our quality of life, our health, and our communities, but to manage New York City's anticipated 1 million new residents by 2030.

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Traffic Relief to the New York City Council Transportation Committee hearing on Introduction 199