Almost two months after resigning as New York City’s transportation commissioner, Polly Trottenberg has been nominated to become deputy secretary of the Transportation Department in the Biden administration.
Ms. Trottenberg led the city’s transportation efforts for seven years, including overseeing Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero program to reduce traffic fatalities. She expanded the city’s bike and bus lanes, including the launch of the successful 14th Street busway in Manhattan. During the pandemic, she oversaw the city’s open streets program, which has reshaped the streetscape by closing off once car congested streets for walking, biking, and outdoor dining.
But Ms. Trottenberg has also faced pressure from transportation advocates and others who have complained that the city has not done enough to ensure street safety, especially as cycling deaths soared in recent years, and has not gone far enough to reimagine how the city’s 6,000 miles of streets could be used more efficiently to address growing congestion.
Ms. Trottenberg, who has been on President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s transportation transition team, would serve under Pete Buttigieg, the former presidential candidate who has been nominated as Transportation secretary. She previously served as an assistant secretary for transportation policy and under secretary for policy in the Obama administration.
“Our nation needs a safe, equitable and environmentally sustainable transportation system that creates jobs and supports economic recovery,” Ms. Trottenberg tweeted Monday, adding that she looked forward to working alongside Mr. Buttigieg and the federal transportation agency “to build back better.”
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