Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan
Janette Sadik-Khan has served as the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation since her appointment by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in April of 2007. She oversees a budget of more than $2 billion, manages 4,700 skilled employees with wide-ranging expertise, from engineering to construction finance and marine navigation, and is responsible for the operation and maintenance of 6,300 miles of streets and highways, nearly 800 bridges, 1.3 million street signs, 300,000 street lights and 12,000 signalized intersections, as well as the Staten Island Ferry, the nation's busiest commuter ferry service carrying more than 22 million passengers annually.
Since her appointment, Commissioner Sadik-Khan has implemented an ambitious program to improve safety, mobility and sustainability throughout New York City, and to ensure a state of good repair on all of the Department's roads, sidewalks and bridges. DOT's recent major infrastructure improvements include the rehabilitation of the Brooklyn Bridge, the replacement of the Willis Avenue Bridge, and transit improvements to the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island. To provide a reliable supply of paving materials and increase the use of recycled content in resurfacing operations, DOT purchased a second asphalt plant in 2010.
Beginning with Sustainable Streets, DOT's first strategic plan published in 2008, Sadik-Khan has implemented a series of innovative projects: the creation of Broadway Boulevard, new Select Bus Service Routes in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island, the installation of 23 plazas, the addition of over 285 miles of on-street bike lanes, car-free summer streets, weekend pedestrian walks and the publication of a “Street Design Manual” and a “Street Works Manual” that define new standards for creating more durable and attractive streets.
Under Sadik-Khan's leadership, DOT has 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.
Sadik-Khan'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 Municipal Arts Society, 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.
Sadik-Khan is President of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), Chair of the Transportation Research Board's (TRB) Committee on Transportation Issues in Major U.S. Cities, and was appointed to the Energy Secretary's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee (ERAC). She has published widely on transportation policy, planning, and finance and project management.
Before joining DOT, Sadik-Khan was a Senior Vice President of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a leading international engineering firm. Previously, she worked in Washington, D.C. as the Deputy Administrator at the Federal Transit Administration. Sadik-Khan holds a B.A. in Political Science from Occidental College, and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.