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Continue DOT street furniture programs to improve our streets

DOT has a range of programs to make our streets more attractive, easier to navigate, and more comfortable for pedestrians. These programs include:

  • Coordinated Street Furniture: provision and maintenance of bus shelters, newsstands, and automatic public toilets by DOT’s street furniture franchisee;
  • CityBench: the installation of benches at bus stops and plazas and on sidewalks to increase public seating on City streets;
  • WalkNYC: the installation of map-based way-finding information in neighborhoods and at SBS stations across the City; and,
  • Street Seats: a citywide program by which local partners apply to transform underused streets space, such as parking spaces, into seasonal public spaces.

Strategic Plan 2016 Initiative


Related OneNYC Initiative


Short-Term Milestones (by end of 2017)


Update Description

DOT will install 511 City Benches, 15 Street Seats, 200 to 250 WalkNYC wayfinding signs, and 50 leaning bars.

In Progress
  • Through a three-year federal grant, the agency is adding an additional 600 City Benches to streets citywide, bringing the total number of City Benches installed to 2,100 by 2019. 
  • DOT added another 18 Street Seats in 2017.
  • Since June 2016, DOT has installed 251 WalkNYC wayfinding totems, bringing the total to 542 as of December 2017, with 99 additional totems in the pipeline for installation.
  • DOT is on track to install 50 leaning bars as part of the SBS program, with 25 leaning bars added in 2017.

As funding becomes available, the agency will continue the street furniture program in 2018 and beyond. 

Medium-Term Milestones (by end of 2021)


Update Description

DOT will continue its street furniture programs as funding becomes available.