Mobile Workshop 1: MTA New York City Transit Lower Manhattan Climate Adaption Walking Tour

APA Federal Planning Division


Thursday, May 4, 2017
10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. EDT

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The mobile workshop will navigate through the streets and sidewalks of Lower Manhattan to witness the MTA New York City Transit Subway Station climate change mitigation initiatives. There are numerous subway station entrances and exits that have been retrofitted with different flood mitigation strategies in addition to ancillary parts of the subway line that have also been modified to prevent the impacts for a major flood.

Learning Objectives include: Understanding the complexity of flood mitigation; what goes into the planning process; what metrics are utilized to ascertain the appropriate actions are to be taken; and what potential impacts do flood mitigation measures possibly have on the environment. As mass transit is an essential part of city planning, participants will take back with them a better understanding of how a subway infrastructure operates and interacts with the built and natural environments. Cities will play a large role in a more sustainable future, and new or additional mass transit can be a major component for reduction of pollution and greenhouse gas release.


Thomas Abdullah

Confirmed Speaker

Thomas Abdallah, P.E. LEED AP, is the Deputy Vice President and Chief Environmental Engineer for the MTA New York City Transit. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University and is a Professional Engineer and a LEED® Accredited Professional. Thomas has been with MTA New York ... Read More

Katie Lamoureux, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Katie Lamoureux, AICP is a community planner with the US DOT Volpe Center with over 12 years of experience working with federal, state and local agencies to find environmentally sensitive solutions to transportation and land use planning challenges. She currently manages the Volpe portfolio with the Bureau of Land Management ... Read More

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