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Posts Tagged ‘Regional Plan Association’

Tunnel Trouble: Crumbling Infrastructure Is Putting the NYC Metro Region at Risk

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
Tunnel Trouble: Crumbling Infrastructure Is Putting the NYC Metro Region at Risk

The tri-state area is loaded with bridges, rail systems and roadways that are suffering from years of under-investment. But perhaps the biggest risk we face is with the rail tunnel linking New Jersey and New York. Built more than a century ago, the fraying tubes that carry NJ Transit and Amtrak trains are the biggest chokepoint in the Northeast, and the source of frequent delays for commuters. For years, the tunnels have needed extended repairs that are impossible to do while keeping trains running. The situation deteriorated when the tunnels flooded with salt water during Hurricane Sandy. Amtrak officials say the tubes might not last 20 years.

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NYC: Smart Signals to Make Subways Run Faster

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
NYC: Smart Signals to Make Subways Run Faster

Modernizing Subway Technology: How CBTC Works. To learn more about CBTC visit

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Moving Forward: Bringing Communication-Based Train Control to NYC Subways

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

The New York City subway system has made strides in recent years in upgrading stations, subway cars and passengers’ experience. But in one crucial area – signaling – the subway system remains antiquated, relying primarily on century-old technology to keep trains running. While New York is in the early stages of converting to communications-based train control, the modern telecommunications system that many of the world’s metro systems rely on today, the pace of change has been slow. At the current rate, a full transformation wouldn’t occur for more than 50 years, putting the city decades behind its peers around the globe.

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April 25th, NYC: Attend the 2014 RPA Assembly

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Join us on April 25 for the RPA Assembly, the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region’s premier regional affairs conference, with a morning keynote address to be delivered by U.S. Senator Chris Murphy. During the daylong conference, RPA will be presenting new research from the next regional plan and listening to your big ideas for the region. Panels discussions include: reforming public agencies; creating more livable streets; improving climate resiliency; addressing the affordable housing shortage; and more.

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Getting Back on Track: Unlocking the Full Potential of the New Haven Line

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
A Metro-North M8 rail car - Source: Metro-North

America’s busiest rail line is in trouble. The New Haven Line is a 60-mile stretch of track that carries commuters between New York City and Connecticut, and long-distance travelers throughout the Northeast. The line suffered two major outages in 2013, including a collision that injured 76 people and an electrical outage that shut down service on the line for more than two weeks. Delays and service disruptions due to aging infrastructure and critical repair work occur regularly, slowing travel for the line’s 125,000 daily passengers.

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New York City: Envisioning a New Penn Station, the Next Madison Square Garden, and the Future of West Midtown

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
Penn Station

New York and the tri-state region urgently need a new Penn Station and a new Madison Square Garden. Penn Station is our region’s gateway. Hundreds of thousands of people pass through the station every day. The station, which replaced the original 1910McKim, Mead and White Beaux Arts-style building,is severely overcrowded. Built to handle 200,000travelers, the station now serves some half a million. As public transit use and our region’s population expand, even more people will be crammed into the station’s jammed corridors and stairwells.

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April 19th: A Resilient Region – RPA’s 23rd Annual Assembly

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

The New York metropolitan region has thrived in recent years even as it has been buffeted by economic and environmental pressures. Yet three urgent challenges – climate change, declining economic opportunity and fiscal uncertainty in the public sector – threaten to derail the region’s continued progress. RPA’s 23rd annual Assembly, “A Resilient Region,” will examine these pressing problems and shed light on the best strategies to overcome them and ensure the region’s continued success.

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High Speed Rail Summit – Speakers Include InfrastructureUSA Managing Director Steve Anderson

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

From the US High Speed Rail Association: Don’t miss this exciting high speed rail event of the year – High Speed Rail Summit DC.  The Nation’s capital is the place to be this February 11-13.   Business and political leaders will come together with the world’s top experts to bring high speed rail to America. High speed […]

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Getting Infrastructure Going: Expediting the Environmental Review Process

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

In the 40 years since the passage of the National Environmental Policy Act and the development of the current federal regulatory process, the practice of completing environmental reviews for major infrastructure projects has significantly lengthened average project delivery times. For example, in 2011, the average time it took to complete an environmental impact statement on a highway project was over eight years, compared with two years just after the law was passed.

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April 27th, New York City: Regional Plan Association’s 22nd Annual Regional Assembly

Monday, March 26th, 2012

From Regional Plan Associtation: The Regional Plan Assembly Cities and regions that thrive in the 21st century will be those that embrace their future by planning for the changing needs of their citizens. As globalization and technological change accelerate, communities must transition from isolated to connected; disposable to sustainable; sprawling to compact; segregated to diverse. […]

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