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New Transportation Chief
April 29th, 2007

After months of speculation well in transportation circles, at leastMayor Michael Bloomberg has announced the appointment of Janette Sadik-Khan as his new transportation commissioner, winning even more praise from alternative transportation advocates already cheering his congestion pricing plan. She will replace Iris Weinshall, who has been increasingly under attack for being too focused on accommodating cars in the city, at the expense of pedestrians and cyclists.

New York Magazine called Sadik-Khan, a senior vice president at the international engineering firm Parsons Brinckerhoff, the environmentalists’ preferred candidate. And so she seems to be.

Ms. Sadik-Khan’s appointment is a decisive statement that the city is committed to carrying out the transportation components of PlaNYC, which are essential to improve the mobility and quality of life of all New Yorkers, said a statement by Transportation Alternatives. The groups executive director, Paul Steely White, went on to say, “Ms. Sadik-Khan has two things that her predecessors have lacked: solid experience in planning for transit oriented streets, and perhaps more importantly, a mayoral mandate to relieve congestion and create sustainable, greener streets.”

And the Straphangers Campaigns Gene Russianoff said, By appointing Janette Sadik-Khan as city transportation commissioner, Mayor Bloomberg signals his willingness to try new solutions to tame city traffic for drivers, pedestrians, bikers and all New Yorkers.

So why is she so popular? Planetizen notes that, during the Dinkins administration, Sadik-Khan headed an office, disbanded by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, that was responsible for long-term transportation planning and the coordination of the various agencies and authorities with power over New York City transportation policy and infrastructure. The Sun previously reported that her biggest asset, according to transit experts, is her ability to pull in big federal dollars to fund local transit projects. She oversaw a $4 billion capital budget when she worked for the federal Department of Transportation.” But, according to Planetizen, Said-Khans biggest and most important qualification for the DOT commissioner’s job is what is not on her resume. Sadik-Khan is not a traffic engineer.

By on April 29, 2007, 8:05 pm
In category: Environment,Gotham City,Transportation | 4 Comments »

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4 Responses to “New Transportation Chief”

  1. University Update Says:
    April 29th, 2007 at 9:23 pm

    New Transportation Chief…

  2. Streetsblog » Today’s Headlines Says:
    April 30th, 2007 at 8:01 am

    […] Today’s Headlines Critical Mass Lives — Underground (BikeBlog)City Air Quality Worsens (Post)Advance Praise for Sadik-Khan (Wonkster)Council Members Want Transit Improvements (Post)PlaNYC Coverage Sparks ‘Sustainability Watch’ (Gotham Gazette)U.S. Refuses to Pay London Congestion Charge (Post)Atlantic Yards Demo Suspended Amid Calls for More Oversight (AYR)13-Year-Old Cyclist Killed by Hit-and-Run SUV Driver (NYT, Post, Newsday)Brooklyn Pedestrian Pinned to Building, Killed, No Charges Filed (Daily News) NYPD Using Empty Cruisers to Slow Speeders (Daily News)Water Taxi Service Looks to Expand (Brooklyn Eagle)Brooklyn Bridge Would Fare Better with Private Owner (Sun)Carbon-Offsets Panned as Consumerist Gimmick (NYT) Filed by Brad Aaron under Today’s Headlines […]

  3. A Says:
    April 30th, 2007 at 9:21 am

    Gail,

    That’s not a Planetizen story that you refer to. It’s a Streetsblog story that got picked up by Planetizen. Check it out.

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