Internationally recognized for her expertise in transportation issues, public policy development and innovative finance, Janette Sadik-Khan was the Commissioner of New York City Department of Transportation from 2007-2013. Under her tenure Janette implemented an ambitious program to improve safety, mobility and sustainability throughout New York City, and ensured a state of good repair on the city’s 6,300 miles of roads, 12,000 miles of sidewalks, 787 bridges and the Staten Island Ferry.
As commissioner of NYC DOT Janette launched a series of innovative projects including: the pedestrianization of Times Square and creation of several acres of new public space along Broadway from Columbus Circle to Union Square; the planning and launch of seven Select Bus Service routes; the implementation of the nation’s largest bike share program and the addition of 350 miles of new bicycle lanes; the installation and design of over 50 plazas citywide; and the publication of a Street Design Manual and Street Works Manual that defined new standards for creating more sustainable and attractive streets.
Under Janette’s leadership, DOT received awards from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Women’s Transportation Seminar, the Municipal Arts Society, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize.
Janette’s contributions to public service and the field of transportation have been recognized with awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Institute of Architects, the National Resources Defense Council and NYU Wagner’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management. Pratt Institute, The New School, and Occidental College have conferred honorary degrees on her for her work in New York City.
Before joining DOT, Janette was a Senior Vice President of Parsons Brinckerhoff. Previously, she worked in Washington, D.C. as the Deputy Administrator at the Federal Transit Administration. Janette holds a B.A. in Political Science from Occidental College, and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.
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