Spring 2004, p.11

Nadler Wins $3 Million for Safe Routes to School, Doubles Funding

Congressman Jerry Nadler represents the west side of Manhattan and part of Brooklyn.

Manhattan Congressman Jerrold Nadler secured $3 million in Federal transportation funding for the City DOTís Safe Routes to School program shortly after the DOTís public launch of the program.

Nadler, a long-time champion of walking, bicycling and sensible transportation
is the most senior New York City representative on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Before Nadlerís funding, the DOT had $1.9 million in state funds for traffic calming around schools. Now, with his funds, and $600,000 from Brooklyn and Queens Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, the DOT will have $5.5 million to spend. This will allow the DOT to complete pedestrian safety engineering around 22 schools at an average of $250,000 per school.

T.A. has urged the DOT to seek $5 million a year for 20 years, a total of $100 million, for Safe Routes to School construction. Brooklyn and Queens Congressman Anthony Weiner has also requested $15 million in Federal funds for Safe Routes to School, but this funding is thought to be less assured than the other funding.

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