New York Daily News City Lawmaker Wants DOT to Give a Month's Notice to Community Boards Before Making Traffic Changes by Jan Ransom
The city would be required to give community members one month’s notice before making traffic changes under a bill introduced Thursday by Councilman Ben Kallos and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.
The “traffic notice” measure calls for advanced notice for street-direction changes, parking, turn regulations and more.
“Community members have a right to know about changes that are happening in their neighborhoods, and community boards are one of the best ways to spread the word,” Kallos told the Daily News. “The boards can also work with (the Deparment of Transportation) if the proposed changes aren’t appropriate for the neighborhood.”
Community board leaders praised the legislation, adding it will ensure the community is informed about upcoming changes, especially as the city moves to reduce traffic deaths under Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan.
“Every crosswalk has neighbors, and those neighbors are the experts on what works and doesn’t work on their doorstep,” said Catherine Hughes, the chairwoman of Manhattan Community Board 1.
A Transportation Department spokesman said the agency does not comment on legislation prior to a hearing. The traffic agency notes on its website that it generally presents projects at community board meetings, giving residents an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback
— but Kallos said that wasn’t always the case.
“No community should be taken by surprise by traffic changes,” he said.