by Assemblymember Richard N. Gottfried, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Senator Brad Hoylman,
and Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick
"The decision by the New York City Department of Transportation and MTA to pilot a Transit/Truck Priority lanes on 14th Street raises many concerning issues for our constituents who reside on the blocks to the immediate north and south of 14th Street. Our constituents have serious concerns, which we share, about the impacts of this plan on our neighborhoods, including how rerouted traffic could impact local side streets. The Department of Transportation must develop a comprehensive plan that truly mitigates traffic impacts on side streets in addition to ensuring that trucks are routed onto 14th Street.
The Department of Transportation has characterized this as a pilot program, and we strongly believe that it must be a true pilot, informed by data and with regularly scheduled, ongoing input by local residents, businesses, commuters, community boards and elected officials. The Department must clearly define the metrics by which it will evaluate this program. We expect changes to be made as circumstances dictate.
The impacted neighborhoods also must have a comprehensive and robust traffic enforcement agent presence to ensure that both 14th Street and the local streets to the north and south have consistent enforcement to move traffic safely and to protect pedestrians and cyclists.
We will monitor this situation and we will be vigilant in fighting for what's best for residents, businesses, mass transit users, pedestrians and cyclists."