A panel discussion on ReThinkNYC’s proposal to convert commuter rail at the Pennsylvania Station, now used by its main tenants as a terminal facility, to the state-of-the-art operating model for commuter railroading – through-running.  Through-running would link New Jersey, Long Island and Westchester seamlessly through Penn Station while originating and terminating in rail hubs on either side of the Hudson and East Rivers.  As such it would address the main weakness of regional mass transit in Greater New York – its spotty connectivity.

Through-running has been implemented successfully by Chicago, Philadelphia, Toronto as well as London, Paris, and a host of major world capitals. Los Angeles is planning to follow suit.  The through-running operating model is superior to what Amtrak, the MTA and NJ Transit are proposing — the building of additional terminal tracks below 31st Street.  Terminal tracks force trains to come to a dead halt; through-running enables them to continue on to other destinations.  In addition to bolstering economic growth and equity across the region, thanks to enhanced connectivity, through-running looks to cost substantially less than the alternative proposal and eliminates the need to demolish the buildings in Penn Station’s immediate vicinity.  Presented in Partnership with the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

Moderated by Peg Breen, President,
The New York Landmarks Conservancy


Samuel A. Turvey, Chairperson, ReThinkNYC
Karim Ahmed, Senior Transit Advisor, ReThinkNYC
Christine Berthet, CHEKPEDS founder and Co-Chair, Manhattan Community Board 4’s Transportation Committee
Dr. Robert Paaswell, Emeritus Director, City College’s University Transportation Research Center, Region II

Tuesday, May 21st at 6.30 P.M.

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