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On Saturday, May 21st, 2011, we took a group of some fifty New Yorkers on a study tour of the Hudson Bergern Light Rail Line in New Jersey. The trip across the Hudson and back was made courtesy of NY Waterway Ferry, and we were hosted on the NJ side by engineers from URS Engineering, who provided a VIP light rail vehicle for the group and discussed how the LRT system was realized. This was a repeat of a similar trip made in September 2008, and gave New Yorkers an opportunity to become familiar with this wonderful mode of travel.


We were saddened to learn of the death in November 2010 of one of our most distinguished Advisory Committee members, Theodore W. Kheel.  Ted was a pre-eminent labor negotiator in New York from the 1950s through the 1980s, who was known for his exraordinary ability to achieve peace between feuding parites. Between 1956 and 1989 he served as arbitrator for the citywide transit authority, during which period he handed an average of 1,000 disputes a year. He also was a highly successful entrepreneur, and this allowed him to be active as a philanthropist. In the 1960s he headed the Gandhi Society for Human Rights, which helped the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King raise money for the civil rights movement. He continued his environmental pursuits in his 80s and 90s, when he founded Earth Pledge and Nurture New York's Nature, in which he was active until his death at the age of 96.


In May 2010, we were delighted to welcome actor Matthew Modine, as the 42nd member of our Advisory Committee.  Matthew has a keen sense of the humanitarian benefits and popular appeal of the vision42 proposal.


In April 2010, Roland Lewis, President & CEO of the Metropolitan Waterfront Aliance became the 41st member of the vision42 Advisory Committee.  He is particularly interested in the superior access that the light rail will offer the public to the Hudson and East River waterfronts.


The vision42 Advisory Committee continues to grow.  In December 2009 we were very pleased to welcome our 40th member, A. J. Pietrantone, Executive Director of the Friends of Hudson River Park, whose special interest in the project is the improved access to the Hudson River Park that will be offered by the light rail.


For the month of October 2009, Harry Coghlan, President & General Manager of Clear Channel/Spectracolor, graciously arranged to install a billboard featuring vision42 in Times Square, as a public service announcement.  In November 2009, we were very pleased to welcome Harry as the 39th member of the vision42 Advisory Committee.


In September 2009, we were pleased to welcome a new 38th member of the vision42 Advisory Committee — Jeffrey Katz, President & CEO of Sherwood Equities, Inc., a major NYC-based real estate company.

In Spring 2009, one of  the vision42 Advisory Committee members, Rocco Landesman, was selected by President Barack Obama to head the National Endowment for the Arts.  We congratulate him on this great honor; however, he has unfortunately had to resign from all of his other board memberships, including vision42

The New Jersey Light Rail Study Tour on September 13, 2008 had some 60 attendess, and was a great success. It provided an opportunity for New Yorkers — community leaders, elected officials and advocates for sustainable transportation — to experience this popular mode of transit — which has gained enormous ridership all over the country. Transit for the group by ferry over the Hudson was courtesy of New York Waterway, and a special VIP light rail car was arranged by the operators of the Hudson Bergen Light Rail line. It was suggested by several attendees that we plan a repeat of the tour in the future.


We were greatly saddened to learn in May 2008 of the death of vision42 Advisory Committee member Dick Netzer. Dick was a distinguished economist, who spent much of his career at New York University and became dean of its Graduate School of Public Administration. He served on the first board of the Municipal Assistance Corporation from 1975 to 1995, providing continuity and perspective in a time of deep financial crisis for the city. He was a highly valued advisor to Mayors John V. Lindsay and Abraham D. Beame, as well as to Governors Hugh L. Carey and Mario M. Cuomo. His advice on vision42 was greatly appreciated, and he will be sorely missed.


An update of the construction cost estimate was completed in July 2007, and a financing study was completed in February 2008, which details how vision42 can be constructed without competing for scarce public funds with any of the other worthy NYC transit projects now in planning or construction.




vision42 Technical Studies:  Since 2004, substantial foundation grants, have allowed the vision42 organization to commission in-depth technical studies on the proposal's economic potential, traffic impacts, capital and operating costs, construction phasing, and a financing study. 

:: Read More About the Studies
:: Read the Economic Potential Study
:: Read the Traffic Analysis
:: Read the Detailed Cost Estimate


Posted: 01/03/06





Resolution Passed by CB5: A resolution passed by Community Board Five has urged that the City seriously study and consider vision42 and other proposals for improving crosstown surface transit and the pedestrian environment, was sent to the City Council and to the Manhattan Borough President.
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Posted: 06/11/2004

vision42 Highlighted in Several Newspaper Articles and Electronic Newsletters: On August 9, 2002, the Regional Plan Association's Spotlight on the Region published a lively and favorable article on vision42 by Alex Marshall, which noted that "...(t)he cars on 42nd Street carry little economic freight; New York needs more crosstown mass transit; and making 42nd Street pedestrian would compliment Times Square's new role as a family-oriented, tourist center." The September 2, 2002 issue of Carfree Times also featured an article describing the vision42 proposal.  And following our April 18, 2005 Informational Forum, there has been quite a flurry of newspaper articles on the proposal.
:: Read the Articles
Posted: 09/01/2002


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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.

If you'd like to learn more about vision42, its traffic impacts, its costs, and its (tremendous) economic potential, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the key findings of the vision42 Technical Studies, as well as the full reports - all available on this website.