Federal Funds to Improve Queens Plaza

Nov 23, 2004
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Carolyn Maloney (Queens & Manhattan) has successfully procured $1 million in federal funding for a project to reduce traffic congestion and encourage biking, walking and the use of mass transit in and around Queens Plaza. The money was included in the Omnibus Appropriations bill that passed Congress on Friday (HR 4818), and will implement the first phase of a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) project aimed at improving air quality and minimizing vehicular traffic.

“The residents and motorists of Queens will reap the benefits of this million-dollar federal commitment,” said Maloney. “This project has the dual benefit of cutting down on traffic and improving the air we breathe right here in the neighborhood. It’s a win-win.”

Background on project:

The Queens Plaza Roadway Rebuilding Project would implement the first phase of a CMAQ-funded initiative, the Queens Plaza Bike and Pedestrian Improvement Project. Its goal is to redesign Queens Plaza, a 250-foot wide roadway that serves as the front door to Queens and Manhattan. The New York City Department of City Planning will manage the initiative. The Project’s principal objective is to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality conditions along Queens Plaza by encouraging mass transit and other alternative forms of transportation, such as bicycling and walking, through improvements to the pedestrian environment, the creation of dedicated bike lanes, and other measures.