Reform at NYSDOT

The Regional Offices

NYSDOT's regional structure means that reform is often slow to trickle down from headquarters to the 11 regional offices, a topic MTR has covered (focusing on the Region 10 [Long Island] office) in the past.

Read MTR articles on Region 10.

After successful campaigns to stop highway expansion projects in downstate New York, the NYS DOT, by default, has largely focused on a fix it first strategy. More recently, the agency adopted smarter approaches to two large transportation projects: a project to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge and add transit to the 30 mile corridor between Suffern and Port Chester, and one to add highway lanes to 15 miles of Route 347 on Long Island. Former NYS DOT Commissioner Astrid Glynn worked to refocus the agency on smarter, more balanced policies, including a proposal to develop a livable communities program.  

While these new approaches are promising, a broader smart growth philosophy within the agency headquarters and its 11 regional offices has yet to take hold.

 

See Also

Tri-State is working for reform of several NYSDOT projects:

Tappan Zee Corridor

An environmental review on future options for the Tappan Zee Bridge/I-287 corridor, running through New York’s Westchester, Rockland, and Orange Counties, is currently being conducted by NYSDOT. What happens to the Tappan Zee corridor will dictate, to a large extent, how the Lower Hudson Valley will grow, develop, and deal with congestion.

Route 347 (Long Island)

For years, NYSDOT has been trying to figure out how to deal with congestion on Route 347, a roadway in Brookhaven, Suffolk County that suffers from the traffic impacts of low-density strip mall development. Potential solutions have ranged from changing the roadway into a limited-access highway, adding lanes, or taking a more smart-growth oriented approach.

Sheridan Expressway Removal

Removing the Sheridan Expressway, a lightly used stub highway in the South Bronx, would create 28 acres of land that could be developed as open space or affordable housing, and reduce the burden of transportation infrastructure on the surrounding community.

 

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