What If Emily Lloyd Were Next at DOT?

emily_lloyd_150px.jpgIf Mayor Bloomberg is indeed looking inside his administration for the next head of DOT, at least some advocates of progressive planning would like him to consider Emily Lloyd, the commissioner of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection
"It would be awesome if we had
someone like her," said Fred Kent, president of the Project for Public Spaces. "She’s really a very practical,
thoughtful, holistic person. It’s a quality that would be unusual in a
DOT."

Lloyd has been at the DEP since February 2005. One of her biggest challenges there has been overhauling the agency’s deeply troubled
water billing system, which is so flawed that millions of dollars in
outstanding fees and fines have gone uncollected. From 1992 to 1994, a time when budget problems meant the city was struggling to meet its recycling goals, she was commissioner of the NY Department of Sanitation. She has also served as a top administrator at Columbia University, as director of business development for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and as commissioner of Traffic and Parking in Boston.

Kent says that Lloyd would be an ideal candidate at a time when
the DOT needs vision coupled with proven leadership ability. "She has great authority," Kent said. "We worked with her on the Port Authority, turning that from one of the worst public spaces into one that works pretty well. She’s able to put a team together that can get difficult things done. She also has a sense of community and community responsibility, which is a skill that transportation people haven’t really worked on."

A DEP spokesman said Wednesday that Lloyd was attending a conference on global warming in San Francisco and was unavailable for comment.

  • ddartley

    An irrelevant but irrepressible response:

    If, by “Port Authority,” Mr. Kent is referring to the bus terminal, I can, as a periodic user of that facility, swear that it still remains “one of the worst public spaces.” Unless you use it every week or more, YOU WILL HAVE A HARD TIME FINDING YOUR WAY inside the place. The directional signs inside the place seem to have been placed in deliberately hard-to-see places (e.g., behind ceiling outcroppings), and direct you into other wide open spaces that contain no further clues as to where your destination (ticket booth/gate/bathroom) is.

    This does NOT mean I think Ms. Lloyd is a bad candidate for DOT Commissioner; I just couldn’t resist saying it in response to that statement about Port Authority!

  • ddartley,

    Now that you mention it, have you ever seen a sign with the layout of the building? I never bothered to check, but the design is schizo at best…

  • CommanderKeen

    I use the PABT every few months, taking the same line, and I still always forget where I have to go, simply because the whole system there is ridiculous. Even though commuter buses pretty much always leave from the same gate, your bus ticket and the signage never tell you which gate to go to.
    Of course, I doubt much of that has to do with Emily Lloyd.

  • rhubarbpie

    This is beyond silly. Lloyd has a long reputation of not listening to the public, and even at Columbia, where she did a little better, she ultimately paid little attention to community concerns. Be careful what you wish for.

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