Another Big Hire at DOT

Jon Orcutt will be stepping away from his job as executive director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign to go work at the New York City Department of Transportation as Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan’s Senior Policy Advisor.

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  • momos

    In other DOT news, the Daily Politics blog at the Daily News reports that Commish Janette Sadik-Kahn missed last week’s congestion pricing hearing for an interesting reason.

    She was in Denmark for a pre-arranged meeting with Jan Gehl. “He gave her a tour of all of their pedestrian-friendly and bike-friendly projects because they are the world’s role model in this,” says a DOT spokeswoman.

    Sadik-Kahn’s trip is being paid for with a $4,000 grant from the Regional Plan Association, part of a larger, $53 million grant the association received from the JM Kaplan Foundation to study environmentally friendly transportation alternatives.

    What a change of tune at City Hall!

  • Anon

    This all sounds great, but let’s wait to see concrete results, especially where some interest groups will take offense — like closing Central and Prospect Parks to cars. Hopefully this (and all of PlaNYC) is not just greenwashing for major new real estate developments.

  • Hannah

    Jon at the DOT? This is the most promising development yet!

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Mayor Bill de Blasio. Photo: Benjamin Kanter/Mayoral Photo Office

Bill de Blasio’s L Train Shutdown

If it wasn't already clear that surface streets will have to do serious heavy lifting during the L shutdown, there's no longer any doubt. And yet, the person who can exercise the most control over the streets, Mayor de Blasio, remains stuck in a state of feckless apathy regarding the impending cataclysm.

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