2018-08-29 / Political Page

Gianaris, Mark-Viverito Appointed To MTA Sustainability Workgroup

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg appointed former NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and NYS Senator Michael Gianaris to the Metropolitan Transportation Sustainability Advisory Workgroup. The two appointees have extensive experience working on behalf of New Yorkers to improve New York City’s transit system. The workgroup was established in the enacted 2018-19 New York State budget. The 10-member workgroup will study the regional public transit system and recommend ways in which the system can be improved to provide safe, adequate, efficient and reliable transportation for New Yorkers.

“Former Speaker Mark-Viverito and State Senator Gianaris have a proven track record advocating on behalf of New Yorkers for a fair and reliable transportation system,” said Mayor de Blasio. “I’m confident that their valuable insights – informed by their many years of public service – will help the workgroup conduct a thorough analysis of our transit system’s ailments and potential solutions.”

“Mass transit in New York City faces enormous challenges, and former Speaker Mark-Viverito and State Senator Gianaris both have the kind of experience and expertise to ably represent the city on this workgroup,” said Commissioner Trottenberg. “I look forward to supporting them as they study the MTA – and give the City substantial opportunity to make positive changes for the city and the entire region’s transportation future.”

“I am honored to join the Metropolitan Transportation Sustainability Advisory Workgroup which will examine ways to make the critical upgrades needed to provide the kind of safe and reliable transit service that New Yorkers need and deserve,” said former Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the workgroup to carefully study the challenges facing our transit system and ensure that we bring our subways and buses into the 21st century.”

“New York deserves a world-class transit system that is reliable, affordable and 100 percent accessible – right now, we have none of these,” said Senator Gianaris. “There is much work to do to get our mass transit where it needs to be, and I am honored to be trusted with the responsibility to help make that happen.”

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