Federal Government Funds de Blasio’s Vision Zero With $25 Million

September 10, 2014 | Sophie Weiner

The U.S. Department of Transportation will award Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero program for reducing traffic deaths a $25 million dollar grant via their Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. The grant will fund thirteen different Vision Zero Programs.

“This investment will save lives. It means better designed streets and targeted initiatives that will help us change behaviors like speeding and failure to yield to pedestrians,” de Blasio said in a statement. “From children near our schools school to seniors on the streets of their neighborhoods, we will have more tools than ever to protect our people.”

“No question, this is a terrific shot in the arm to the city in terms of our Vision Zero work,” said Polly Trottenberg, the city’s transportation commissioner. She said the projects will “make safe connections — particularly in traditionally underserved neighborhoods — to education, to transit, to jobs.”

Groups to benefit from this funding include programs providing access to schools, bicyclists, and commuters. The full list of recipients can be found at WNYC(Image: SF Bicycle Coalition)