Assemblymember Joan L. Millman (D-Brooklyn) announced Assembly passage of legislation she sponsored for a commission which will develop a plan for New York City traffic mitigation. The commission goal is to develop a plan to address severe congestion in Manhattan and its related public health, environmental and economic consequences (A.9362).
The New York City Traffic Congestion Mitigation Commission will be composed of 17 members appointed by state and city officials to develop a plan to curb worsening traffic congestion in the city.
Prior to the vote, Assemblymember Millman stated on the Assembly chamber floor, “To explain my vote today, we are voting on a bill, not just a concept – a bill which will create a 17 member commission. The commission will study a number of ways to reduce traffic congestion in Manhattan, including improvements to the NYC transit system, including the subways and buses which operate in the outer boroughs. They could also study the question of residential permit parking for those gateway neighborhoods to the East River crossing. For those, and for many other reasons, I cast my vote in the affirmative.”
The Commission will conduct public hearings and review the city’s plan as well as other traffic mitigation proposals. It will then develop a comprehensive plan that will be subject to review and approval by the State Legislature by March 31, 2008. Under the legislation, the city can begin necessary preparatory steps, but cannot impose any congestion pricing fees until the implementation plan has been approved by the State Legislature.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has set aside $1.1 billion in funding to be distributed nationwide to foster innovative approaches to reduce traffic congestion. According to the Assembly the U.S. Secretary of Transportation is expected to make final decisions on the submitted proposals by August 8, 2007. New York’s mitigation plan will be repealed if the U.S.D.O.T. fails to commit at least $250 million by October 1, 2007.
“This legislation is a more thoughtful measure that takes into consideration the various plans that have surfaced to relieve the traffic congestion that stymies city residents, workers and visitors,” Assemblymember Millman said.”
As an additional precaution, the plan will sunset on June 30, 2012, unless reauthorized by the Legislature.