FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2009
STATEMENT BY MAYOR BLOOMBERG ON NEW YORK'S SELECTION AS WINNER OF SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT AWARD
"The decision of the Transportation Research Board to honor New York City with the Sustainable Transport Award is a fitting tribute to all we have done to make a greener, greater New York. The award, which goes to a city that has a profound impact on sustainability and livability, recognizes all we have done in New York to reduce carbon emissions from buildings and vehicles, increase the number of public plazas, begin Bus Rapid Transit service, introduce more hybrid vehicles while reducing the total size of the City’s vehicle fleet, and add bicycle lanes and walking paths. While we were not able to pilot congestion pricing in New York City, we remain committed to innovative solutions to funding and encouraging the use of mass transit.
"The steps to make the City’s transportation network more sustainable are due to the hard work of the Transportation Department, led by Janette Sadik-Khan, the Long Term Planning and Sustainability office, led by Rohit Aggarwala, the MTA, led by Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Elliot G. Sander, and New York’s thousands of dedicated transportation professionals and advocates, I salute them for their efforts."
"As the first U.S. city to receive this award, I hope the federal government looks to New York as it draws up policies and funding formulas to promote sustainable development. I would like to thank the selection committee, whose members include the Environmental Defense Fund and the ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability."
Stu Loeser / Jason Post (212) 788-2958