Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning to bolster his Vision Zero program with an additional $400 million stretched out over six years. The program is now funded with $1.6 billion through 2021.
"It's an unprecedented commitment of resources for street reconstruction, for more aggressive markings, for safety treatments dealing with left-hand turns for better lighting," said Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg.
The DOT plans to add high-visibility markings, pedestrian ramps and crossing signs to 100 intersections annually that have no traffic signals or stop signs. That's quadruple the 25 intersections a year it usually refurbishes. The additional funds will also be used to replace markings in crosswalks every four-and-a-half years, rather than the current six-year cycle. More street lighting is also expected to be installed at 1,000 "high-risk" intersections.
The funding for bike lanes will increase from $245,000 in fiscal year 2017 to $690,000 in fiscal year 2018.
Last year, transit advocates criticized the mayor's commitment to Vision Zero calling it "woefully inadequate."