Rumor Confirmed

kiley.jpgA couple of different sources tell me that Bob Kiley is moving back to New York City to take a position with Parsons Brinckerhoff, the global engineering firm with a lead role in Partnership for New York City’s secretive, long-delayed congestion pricing study.

Kiley is generally credited as being the architect of the system that reduced traffic congestion by 25 percent, eliminated 70 road casualties per year, cut carbon emissions by 16 percent, sped up buses by 46 percent, increased bicycling by 43 percent, and is raising over $200 million dollars per year for mass transit, pedestrian and cyclist improvements in London, England.

Welcome back to New York City, Bob! 

  • JK

    Nice reporting.

    The window for the mayor to launch the public/political outreach side of the pricing effort is mid-November through early spring 2007. Otherwise the clock is going to run out. The next mayoral campaign will be in full swing by late spring 2008. If by then, pricing is still in doubt, it will very likely be crushed by the political pandering of a campaign year. So, all the rumors point to 2007 as the year of pricing.

    I see a big MTA fiscal crisis and school settlement as pricing deal makers. The mayor has probably already bought plane tickets for Silver and Quinn to visit London.

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