New York City Plans Street Safety Projects as Congestion Pricing Nears

With congestion pricing projected to reduce the number of cars entering Manhattan, NYCDOT plans to repurpose street space to build more pedestrian and bike infrastructure.

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May 7, 2024, 5:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

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In advance of the city’s new congestion program, set to launch on June 30, the New York City Department of Transportation unveiled 37 proposed street safety projects that include bus lanes and bike lanes, reports Dan Zukowski in Smart Cities Dive.

Many of the projects are focused in Manhattan’s congestion pricing zone. In a statement, New York City Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez said “With fewer cars entering the tolled zone, we can repurpose street space to make commuting by bus, bike, or on foot safer, faster, and more reliable.”

Zukowski notes that projects located outside of Manhattan could meet local opposition, pointing to a Bronx busway scrapped by the Adams administration after facing pushback from some local businesses and institutions.

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