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DOT to Hold Workshops This Month as It Begins Crafting 5-Year Transportation Plan

Pedestrian crossing the street at Queens Blvd, Queens. (Photo DOT)

July 6, 2021 By Ryan Songalia

The Department of Transportation is holding a series of workshops throughout the five boroughs over the next month to solicit feedback about street redesign and improving public transportation.

The meetings stem from a 2019 city law that requires the DOT to come up with a 5-year transportation plan, which must make provision for 250 miles of additional protected bike lanes, 150 additional miles of protected bus lanes, plus upgrades to bus stops, real-time passenger information and more.

The plan, due December 2021, also calls for the redesign of at least 2,000 signalized intersections as well as the installation of pedestrian signals at more than 2,500 intersections.

The DOT aims to generate feedback from residents as to how street safety and public transportation can be improved on a neighborhood level. It is holding workshops via Zoom.

The meetings are being held based on geography—with separate meetings to address transportation needs in specific districts. The city aims to create a plan in line with the uniqueness of each neighborhood.

In Queens, there will be three workshops—with one focusing on western Queens, another on central Queens and a third to focus on the eastern section of the borough.

The first meeting in Queens will take place via Zoom from 6 to 8 p.m. on July 20. It will focus on the areas covered by Queens Community Boards 1 through 4. To register, click here.

The second workshop in Queens will be held on July 22, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and will discuss the areas that are part of the Queens Community Boards 5, 6 and 9 districts. To register, click here.

The DOT will hold its third workshop to address the transportation needs in eastern Queens. The meeting will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on July 23 and will cover Queens Community Boards 7,8, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14. To register, click here.

Residents can also fill out a survey to provide feedback if they are unable to attend. For more information on the workshops, click here.

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Pat Macnamara

the DOT itself needs to be disbanded and reorganized. They have done more to completely screw up traffic for cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists alike. Vision Zero is a disaster. These workshops are a farce as well. All for show.

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