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Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O'Neill announcing Vision Zero enforcement efforts last fall. Photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office

There’s a Better Way to Assess the Effect of Traffic Enforcement Than Counting Tickets

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NYPD has increased tickets for speeding and texting while driving 50 percent so far in 2017 compared to the same period last year, Commissioner James O’Neill testified at a City Council budget hearing last week. Speeding and distracted driving are two of the most common factors in fatal and injurious crashes in NYC, so it stands to reason that this shift in enforcement is reducing the incidence of dangerous driving. But there's no way to actually tell if those summonses are changing driver behavior.
Council Member Brad Lander addresses the crowd at the first of six workshops for DOT's citywide transit plan. Photo: DOT

DOT Kicks Off Citywide Transit Plan

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NYC currently has the slowest bus service in the U.S., and ridership has declined 16 percent since 2002. DOT is looking to turn those trends around, speed up buses, improve walking access to transit, and plan service to meet future demand. While the city's buses and subways are run by the MTA, DOT can make a big difference for surface transit through its management of streets, sidewalks, and traffic signals.