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DOT Breaks Down Street Safety Spending for City Council
Posted By Brad Aaron On May 15, 2014 @ 5:04 pm In City Council,DOT | 10 Comments
At a City Council budget hearing today, Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg outlined in detail how DOT plans to allocate funds for street safety over the next year.
DOT will spend $23 million to acquire the 120 additional speed cameras that were authorized by the state legislature this session, Trottenberg said, and will begin the procurement process when Governor Cuomo signs the bill into law. In her opening statement Trottenberg thanked the council for passing a home rule message in support of legislation to lower the default city speed limit to 25 miles per hour , which she said would be “invaluable” to DOT’s street safety program.
On the subject of speed cameras, Trottenberg said placements will be data-driven. “We’re looking at creative ways to enhance the value of cameras,” she said, possibly including dummy signs that indicate an area “may be monitored.”
For FY 15, Trottenberg said, DOT has allocated $13 million to redesign streets and intersections; $2 million for speed humps, including those in Slow Zones; $3 million for Vision Zero educational materials; $8 million for wayfinding signs and the City Bench program; and $19 million for public plazas. To put these numbers in perspective, DOT’s total “controllable expenses” are budgeted at $493 million in FY 2015 [PDF , page 46]. The speed cameras, speed humps, and Vision Zero educational materials seem to account for the $28.8 million in DOT Vision Zero funds  earmarked in Mayor de Blasio’s executive budget.
The city will build the West Street and Flushing Avenue  segments of the Brooklyn Greenway next year, Trottenberg said, and will complete a streetscape project on 185th Street in Washington Heights.
Other news from the hearing:
Officials from the MTA and TLC also testified before the council. We’ll have more on the hearing tomorrow.
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URLs in this post:
 lower the default city speed limit to 25 miles per hour: http://www.streetsblog.org/2014/05/14/speed-limit-bills-shift-to-25-mph-allow-dot-to-designate-20-mph-streets/
 PDF: http://www.nyc.gov/html/omb/downloads/pdf/sum5_14.pdf
 $28.8 million in DOT Vision Zero funds: http://www.streetsblog.org/2014/05/08/de-blasio-budget-sets-aside-money-for-vision-zero/
 Flushing Avenue: http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/10/29/heres-whats-next-for-the-flushing-ave-segment-of-the-brooklyn-greenway/
 73 percent increase in retail sales: http://www.streetsblog.org/2012/10/24/dot-study-local-retail-thriving-after-projects-improved-transit-biking-and-walking/
 ran over five children on the sidewalk: http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/09/12/running-down-five-children-on-a-sidewalk-is-legal-in-new-york-city/
 Vision Zero rally outside City Hall this morning: http://www.streetsblog.org/2014/05/15/council-members-rally-with-streetspac-and-bicycles-on-city-hall-steps/
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