New York City’s long-time transportation commissioner Polly Trottenberg is hitting the road, City Hall said Monday.
Trottenberg, city Department of Transportation chief since 2014, will leave the administration in early December — with one year still left in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s tenure.
“We all owe Polly Trottenberg a debt of gratitude for her incredible service to New York City,” de Blasio said in a statement.
“She is a tireless and talented public servant who has made our city safer, fairer, and more accessible.
As transportation commissioner, Trottenberg helmed the city’s “Vision Zero” plan to reduce traffic fatalities, which included the rollout of thousands of speed cameras across the five boroughs.
Yet while pedestrian and other road deaths reached all-time lows at points in the de Blasio era, the city is nowhere near its goal of zero deaths by 2024. Traffic deaths have also surged since 2019.
The Massachusetts native also took lead on major mass transit initiatives — representing the city on the MTA board and steering projects like the 14th Street busway, which has become a model for other parts of the city.
Trottenberg, who served as undersecretary for policy at the US DOT during the Obama administration, recently took a role with President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team.
“I will always be grateful to Mayor de Blasio for the incredible opportunity to serve the city I love so much, and especially for the chance to lead the 5,800 dedicated public servants at DOT,” she said in a statement.
She leaves behind a city with significant transportation challenges, according to one advocate.
“We’re grateful for the commissioner’s service, and wish her well in Washington,” said Transportation Alternatives director Danny Harris.
“We also see that New York is in its deadliest year of traffic violence since Mayor de Blasio took office. We clearly have a lot to do moving forward.”
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