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DOT presents plans for safety improvements at Vanderbilt Avenue

WHEREAS, The number and activity of taxies on Vanderbilt Avenue between East 42nd Street and East 44th Street have caused excessive congestion and pedestrian safety issues; and

WHEREAS, This is due in part to the lack of adherence to existing regulations by taxi and non-taxi vehicles, as evidenced by the fact that 50-75 tickets are issued each day for various moving and parking violations; and

WHEREAS, The DOT, in conjunction with MTA MetroNorth Railroad (which owns the land on Vanderbilt Avenue) and the Grand Central Partnership (which operates the local taxi stands), has recommended the following solutions to these problems: 

WHEREAS, There will be no changes to signaling or turning regulations at the intersection of Vanderbilt Avenue and 42nd Street; and

WHEREAS, Implementation of the above plan will be coordinated with MTA MetroNorth Railroad and the Grand Central Partnership; and

WHEREAS, Any significant changes to the above-stated plan will be presented to the Transportation & Environment Committee of Community Board 5 for review; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the DOT’s proposed safety improvements on Vanderbilt Avenue.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 32 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstaining.

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