Friday, January 3, 2014
Congrats to Polly Trottenberg!
I was delighted to hear that New York’s new mayor, Bill DeBlasio, has picked Polly Trottenberg to be his new transportation commissioner. Many of us were sorry to see the transitioning out of Janette Sadik-Khan, who has been a genuinely transformational figure. She has not only changed how New York and New Yorkers think about transportation, she has had a positive effect on cities and states throughout the nation.
Many folks were also apprehensive about whom Mayor DeBlasio might pick as her successor at NYCDOT, since he had provided few clues as to either transportation policy or personnel during the election campaign.
Fortunately, he, we, and the city of New York could not have done better!
Polly Trottenberg is an “A” player, just off a tour of duty as Assistant Secretary for Policy at USDOT. She has been a tireless advocate for infrastructure investment and transportation reform, with a broad and deep background in both.
Congratulations to Polly Trottenberg and New York!