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Press Release #06-41

Contact: Kay Sarlin (212) 442-7033
Chris Gilbride

Staten Island Transportation Task Force Announces Updates

The Staten Island Transportation Task Force today convened to discuss the progress made on the more than forty initiatives announced in March to address traffic congestion on Staten Island. At Community Board 2's offices in Sea View, task force co-chairs New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) Commissioner Iris Weinshall and Department of City Planning (DCP) Director Amanda Burden presented the Task Force with progress reports on 17 short term recommendations, which are scheduled to be completed within one year of their March 27th announcement, and highlighted important milestones reached on 12 medium and long term recommendations.

"It's been a busy 12 weeks since this Task Force first made its recommendations and we've made a lot of progress," said DOT Commissioner Iris Weinshall. "We've been able to complete many of our short term goals and we're making real progress on achieving some of the medium and long term projects that will make it easier for the people who live and work on Staten Island to get around."

City Planning Director Amanda M. Burden said, "In January the Mayor made a commitment to improve the flow of transportation on Staten Island. Through unparalleled effort, dialogue and consensus building we have continued to push these vital initiatives forward. We cannot afford to assume that the traffic problem will take care of itself. City Planning is committed to working with our transportation partners. We are actively studying solutions for better travel in commercial corridors and future transportation impacts of land use development."

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