The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced the creation of a new Office of Planning and Sustainability and the appointment of Bruce Schaller as the Office’s new Deputy Commissioner. In this role Schaller will oversee Agency planning, design and implementation of the transportation elements in Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC.
“We are creating this office to bring a more comprehensive and sustainable approach to the planning, design and operation of our transportation network,” said DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. “To help lead this effort, Bruce Schaller brings to DOT more than 20 years of experience in New York City transportation planning. Most importantly he shares our goals of safer and greener streets, improved transit and an open and transparent planning process.”
“I am very excited to be joining DOT and the Bloomberg Administration,” said Schaller. “I look forward to working with Commissioner Sadik-Khan to carry out the Mayor’s vision for a greener and more sustainable transportation system.”
For the last eight years Schaller has been principal of Schaller Consulting. His New York City work includes reports on auto and transit access to the Manhattan central business district, bus rapid transit, congestion pricing and suburban commuter access to Lower Manhattan. He has also been a Visiting Practitioner at New York University, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service's Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management.
Schaller has also served as the Director of Policy Development and Evaluation at the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, and as the Deputy Director for Marketing Research and Analysis at New York City Transit. He has a Masters in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. from Oberlin College.
Schaller will be aided by Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Planning Steve Weber. The newly created Division of Planning and Sustainability will oversee, among other initiatives, DOT’s Office of Freight Mobility, public space planning, bus rapid transit, congestion pricing, urban design, clean fuels and studies of congested corridors.