Three Things in Mind

New York Daily News, September 9, 2000:

"The city’s new transportation chief [Iris Weinshall] said yesterday she will take office with
three things in mind: ‘traffic, traffic, traffic.’"

What three things do we hope New York City’s next transportation commissioner has in mind as he or she takes office in April 2007? 

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