For immediate release: February 26, 2009
Tri-State Transportation Campaign Statement in Response to Mayor Bloomberg’s Broadway Traffic Plan
World class streets like La Ramba in Barcelona and Champs-Elysees in Paris better watch their backs! Broadway is getting a long deserved makeover.
The Broadway plan announced today reconfigures Broadway to untie traffic jams in the heart of Manhattan. The plan is innovative and pairs smoother traffic flow with public space improvements. This is the type of first class planning that this city deserves and the sort of project that will allow us to remain an attractive, livable, competitive international city, even during tough economic times.
A recent Tri-State Transportation Campaign analysis found Broadway to be tied for first (with 3rd Ave.) as the most dangerous road for pedestrians in Manhattan, and tied for 3rd most dangerous roadway for pedestrians in the entire region. We hope the Broadway plan will make the road safer for walkers enjoying all that New York City has to offer.
The plan is a pilot, and will be tracked and analyzed by city officials to evaluate whether it should be permanent. We hope the plan proves to be a success.
Congratulations to Mayor Bloomberg and NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan for bringing a more balanced approach to our transportation system. They correctly recognize that our streets are for moving people, whether they are traveling by bus, car, bike, or our own two feet.
Tri-State Transportation Campaign is a non-profit organization working towards a more balanced, transit-friendly and equitable transportation system in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.