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Meetings of the vision42 working group are normally held on the third Tuesday of each month, 6 to 8pm at Transportation Alternatives, 127 West 26th Street, Suite 1002, Manhattan, unless otherwise indicated. Newcomers are welcome.

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03/17/15 Continuing on with a key question raised by the subject of our March meeting, the Move NY proposal by former traffic commissioner Sam Schwartz -- Jeffrey Gold and George Haikalis of IRUM will discuss the issue of cordon tolls around Manhattan's CBD, and its implications for medallion taxis and for-hire cars, such as black cars, Uber, etc.  Time and place: 6 to 8pm at Transportation Alternatives, 127 West 26th Street, Suite 1002, Manhattan.
02/17/15 Our speaker was Jonathan Matz, Campaign Coordinator and Analyst for Move NY, which is the further refinement of the plan by engineer and famed traffic consultant Sam Schwartz to use pricing incentives as a key method to reduce unfettered traffic into the most crowded parts of NYC, while netting major funds for public transport.
01/20/15 "Light Rail - Superstar of Urban Planning," a review of images of new light rail lines built in France, Germany and Jerusalem, that were shown at a meeting on December 30th by one of the winning teams from the recent vision42 design competition.
12/16/14 Our speaker was Paul Gawkowski, former Director of Surface Transit for Brooklyn and Queens, and ultimately for all of NYC. His presentation was "Light Rail at Home and Abroad, plus 20 Candidate Light Rail Lines for New York City." All of these bus lines have average daily riderships of at least 25,000 per weekday, except for those 42nd and 34th Streets, which have very high ridership per route mile.
11/18/14 Reception in Honor of the Winners of the vision42 International Design Competion, at 4 Times Square on 42nd Street between 6th Ave & Broadway, 6 to 8pm, Lobby Level. Open to the public; tickets are complementary. The exhibition will be open from November 17 through January 5, 2015.
10/21/14 David Gurin, former NYC DOT Commissioner for Planning, and former Commissioner of Planning for Metropolitan Toronto, will discuss "People vs. Cars: the Early History of a Movement." The results of the vision42 design competition will also be reviewed.
09/16/14 Amy Miller and Linnea Paton, US City and State Divestment Campaigners for, described that organization's Campaign to Divest New York City and State Pension Funds from Fossil Fuels. Plans were also made by group members for participating in the People's Climate March.
08/19/14 Inwood Walking Tour. A bit of the very northern tip of Manhattan remains in its natural wooded state, providing breathing room for the otherwise densely developed neighborhood of Inwood. The tour begins at 6pm sharp, at the Dyckman Street station of the #1 subway (where it emerges from below ground). We will meet in front of the token booth inside the station at street level. We will be joined by some neighbors who know the history of upper Manhattan and its remarkable revitalization.
06/17/14 "The Hudson Bergen Light Rail Line: A True Success Story," presented by Philip Maccioli, President & CEO of the 21st Century Rail Corporation, and James Greller, Senior Transportation Planner, Hudson County Improvememt Authority.
05/20/14 "Why Regional Rail Should Be an Important Transport Priority for NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio," prepared by IRUM transit advocates Paul DiMaria and Anthony Callender .
04/15/14 "Achieving Vision Zero: A Community Effort to Save Lives," by Tom DeVito. Manhattan Organizer for Transportation Alternatives.
03/18/14 "Designing Complete Streets," presented by Will Sherman, transporttion planner and Associate at Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates.
12/17/13 "Progress Report on Personal Rapid Transit (PRT)," presented by Lawrence Fabian, Founder, Trans21.
11/19/13 "Light Rail for the Brooklyn-Queens Waterfront," presented by Alex Garvin, President & CEO of AGA Public Realm Strategists, Adjunct Professor of Urban Planning at Yale University, and President of the Forum/Institute for Urban Design.
10/15/13 "Autonomous Vehicles Competing with Autonomous Pedestrians and Everything Else - Where it Might Work on Manhattan's Crowded Streets," presented by Alain L. Kornhauser, PhD, Director of Transportation Programs at Princeton University.
09/17/13 "Why Regional Rail Should Be a Top Transportation Priority for NYC's Next Mayor," by George Haikalis, President, IRUM.
08/20/13 Walking Tour of Auto-free Areas of Jackson Heights, Queens, led by Ed Walters.
06/18/13 "JFK Express - World Class Rail Service to the Airport and the Rockaways," by George Haikalis, President, IRUM, summary of presentation by NYU Wagner School Capstone students in Spring 2013.
05/21/13 "State-of-the-Art Light Rail: the Nouvelle Tram in France," Roxanne Warren, AIA, Chair, vision42, Highlights of a presentation by Greg Thompson and Tom Parkinson given at January 2013, Transportation Research Board, meeting of Rail Transit Committee.

Presentation: "A Trolley Grows in Red Hook" by Bob Diamond, Chairman, Brooklyn Historic Railway Association.

03/19/13 Presentation: "Sustainable Community and Economic Development in NYC" by Peter Fleischer, Executive Director, Empire State Future.
02/19/13 Presentation: "Over a Dozen Cities Have Built New Light Rail Lines in Turkey in the past Two Decades -- Where's NYC?" by Jack May, Vice President, New Jersey Association of Railroad Passengers.
01/22/13 Presentation: "Will Proposed Changes to Manhattan Off-Street Parking Regulations Lead to More Traffic?" by Dan Gutman, Environmental Planner.
12/18/12 Presentation: "Setting a New Path for Amtrak's Future", by Albert L. Papp, Vice Chair, Legislative Policy & Strategy, National Association of Railroad Passengers.
12/05/12 Forum on the state of the art of surface light rail/ streetcar wireless technology, at the AIA/Center for Architecture, 6 to 8pm. Location: 536 La Guardia Place, Manhattan. $10 entry fee required for non-AIA members.
11/20/12 Presentation:"NYC Transit Riders Get Organized" by John Raskin, Executive Director of the Riders Alliance, a newly formed grass roots transit advocacy organization.
10/16/12 Presentation by Joel McNeil of Liberty Streetcars of their entirely American-made vehicle. There was further discussion of the Mayor's proposed upzoning of East Midtown, and the need it would create for more pedestrian space and crosstown surface rail transit, such as would be provided by vision42.

Discussion led by architect and urban planner John West about the Mayor's proposed rezoning of East Midtown.


Presentation by Kinkisharyo International on the company's battery-powered (vehicle-mounted) light rail system. The special batteries are good for a route of five miles and will last many years.


Presentation by Alstom on the company's APS (underground) power system for light rail. The system has been in passenger operation in Bordeaux since 2004, and is being built in several other French cities, as well as Dubai.


Presentation by Bombardier on the company's Primove (underground) power system for light rail. This system is scheduled to go into passenger operation in Augsburg, Germany.

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On August 10, 2008, the vision42 proposal was presented to the Annual Convention of the American Bar Association, at a well-attended session of the Section of Public Contract Law.  There was considerable interest in the extension of the line to create a continuous two-way light rail loop with 34th Street, as well as in the project’s projected annual economic and fiscal benefits, and in its potential for development as a public-private partnership.

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