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  • June 20, 2018
    11.3 AIANY Transportation Testimony 267

    Assessing the Economic Impact of New York’s Failing Infrastructure. Hearing 2: Transportation before the New York City Council Committees on Transportation and Economic Development, November 3, 2014

    Summary
    Testimony by Jeffrey Dugan, co-chair of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

    Transportation infrastructure, with long-term planning forms the basis for resolving many of the problems that the city faces today. In light of that we must plan for population growth, continued economic development, NYC’s continued status as a creative cultural capital, social equitability, quality of life and environmental stewardship.

    While the past decade has seen a remarkable collaboration among city agencies a good part of New York City’s transportation infrastructure is planned, maintained and built by entities outside city government. The City must continue to focus on City agency collaboration and reach out to our State, regional, and federal friends to forge alliances that will be beneficial to all.

    The interconnectedness of our five-borough city relies on its transportation system. As the storms Irene and Sandy proved, shutting down those transportation systems paralyzed the city. With our awareness of climate change and economic connectedness we must build on prior success to expand bikeways and bike share, continue a state of good repair of NYC’s infrastructure, continue momentum to complete partially-funded infrastructure expansion projects like East Side Access, continue to roll out Select Bus Service on heavily trafficked corridors, and expand transit options for neighborhoods lacking adequate options for access.

    New planning goals for the City should include better integrated land-use and zoning with transportation planning. Our work to increase affordable housing should be linked to expanded public transit options. Vision Zero and redesigned streets should be accompanied by improved stormwater management, increased pedestrian resources, upgraded bike paths, and improved signage and traffic management technologies.

    New York City’s transit system must keep pace with “world class” service. All options for funding these goals must be considered: federal and state, assessments on private development for public transport, public private partnerships and public funds.

    By developing and building with transportation in mind, improving street design for public safety and increasing access to underserved areas we will create opportunities for city residents, workers, and visitors. Architects understand the challenge and will be part of the solution.

    Read the full PDF of testimony here: City Council Testimony by Jeffrey Dugan

  • June 12, 2018
    Statement on NYC Bicycle Parking Zoning Text Amendment – March 31, 2009

    AIANY Bicycle Storage 03 31 09

    The T+I Committee co-wrote this public statement regarding bicycle parking with the Housing Committee and the Urban Design and Planning Committee to encourage use of bicycles as a transportation option.

  • February 28, 2018
    Transportation + Infrastructure Policy Framework

    Transportation and Infrastructure Policy Framework | 2017

    As part of its mission of advocacy for quality planning and design of transportation and infrastructure, the AIANY Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (AIANY T+I) developed this Policy Framework to support the goal of sustainable growth for the New York City Region. The framework builds on previous AIANY T+I outreach efforts related to New York City’s 2007 and 2011 PlaNYC Sustainability Plans, Superstorm Sandy recovery recommendations, AIANY’s 2013 A Platform for the Future of the City, public testimony on City and State legislation, and informal consultation with City agencies on proposed legislative and regulatory changes.

    The movement of people, utilities, and goods is essential to the quality of contemporary life. As the City approaches a population of nine million residents and a regional population exceeding twenty million, our aging infrastructure is increasingly strained to adequately serve the public.

    AIANY continues its role in helping shape the built environment by engaging in a public dialogue surrounding the vitality of the City and region as it strives to provide a higher quality of life for its residents, workforce, and visitors in the face of pressures of population growth, economic and social inequity, and environmental challenges. This Policy Framework is a snapshot in time of this dialogue.

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