Transportation and Public Safety

The Transportation and Public Safety Committee is responsible for matters concerning highway maintenance and street repair, traffic control and safety matters, transportation franchises and public transportation. The committee is also responsible for fire, police patrol and related matters of public safety. The committee is responsible for the capital and expense budget matters concerning the transportation, police and fire departments.

Except for holidays and other conflicts, the committee meets at 6:00 pm on the third Tuesday of the month, September-June, in the Jonas Board Room of Long Island University, at Flatbush and DeKalb avenues.

Agendas and Minutes
The committee agenda is generally finalized one week in advance of the meeting.
Download the April 12, 2011 agenda (PDF)

Minutes are available after they have been approved, generally at the following month's meeting

Rehabilitation of East River Bridges

The Department of Transportation has begun concurrent rehabilitation projects on the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. Both will result in lane closures and detours. Work on the Brooklyn Bridge began in early-2010 and is anticipated to be completed in four years. The current contract for the Manhattan Bridge, part of an $834 million reconstruction begun in 1982, is scheduled for completion in June 2013. The two projects will be coordinated to minimize the impact of the lane closures and detours.
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MTA BusTime Pilot
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has begun a six-month pilot of MTA BusTime on the B63 bus route along Atlantic Avenue. BusTime uses Global Positioning System (GPS) hardware and wireless communications technology to track the real-time location of buses. Bus riders can use MTA BusTime to find the location of the next several arriving buses. The MTA BusTime system is accessible via a desktop web map, a mobile web site on iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, or other smartphones, and via SMS on all mobile phones.
Read the MTA press release
Access BusTime