Long Island Multi-Modal Transportation Solutions
You'll learn about:
- Actionable strategies to address suburban sprawl by promoting the integration of transportation and land-use planning
- Recent and ongoing planning initiatives to improve mobility and transit accessibility to and from major activity centers
- Opportunities and challenges associated with multi-modal transportation planning in one of the nation’s oldest suburbs
Long Island, New York, is at a crossroads. Travel choices are constrained due to development patterns that encourage automobile use and limit the utility of the existing transit system for non-central business district (CBD)-based trips. Traffic congestion continues to increase. Young people are moving off the island (contributing to the brain drain). And job retention and attraction remains a major challenge. Vast potential for transit-oriented development (TOD) around the robust commuter rail network of the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) exists, but improved multi-modal connectivity is needed to unlock this potential.
Changing transportation needs and modal preferences of young adults—coupled with downtown revitalization efforts being undertaken across Long Island—have provided a better opportunity to implement new transit solutions that offer diverse transportation choices, spur economic development, and protect the environment. Representatives from Nassau County, Suffolk County, and the Town of Babylon will discuss planning initiatives that are advancing opportunities to promote a transit-oriented future for Long Island, including the Nassau Hub Study, Connect Long Island, the Long Island Innovation Zone, and the Nicolls Road and Route 110 Alternatives Analyses.
, WSP USA / APA NY Metro Chapter
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerMaxwell Sokol, AICP is a Lead Planner at WSP (formerly WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff), a globally-recognized professional services firm employing approximately 36,000 people. At WSP, Max has experience as a Project Manager and Deputy Project Manager on a range of projects, including multi-modal transportation planning and transit-oriented development planning in the Northeast. In addition to his role at WSP, Max is also the President of the American Planning Association (APA) New York Metro Chapter, which represents more than 1,000 planners in the 14-county region that includes New York City, Long Island, and the Lower Hudson Valley. Max graduated from Brown University with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Anthropology (with Honors), Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated from Columbia University with a Master of Science in Urban Planning degree.
, Nassau County DPW
Confirmed SpeakerAryeh Lemberger is the Unit Head of the Traffic Engineering Unit and Senior Planner at the Nassau County Department of Public Works. Mr. Lemberger is primarily responsible for all transportation planning and traffic engineering activities for Nassau County including feasibility studies, vehicle pedestrian and non-motorized safety studies, engineering and design of traffic signals, signs, pavement markings and other roadway features and safety improvements, and federal and state aid planning. Mr. Lemberger holds a Bachelor's degree in Urban Planning and Geography with a certificate in Geographic Information Systems from SUNY Albany and a Master's degree in Transportation Planning and Engineering from NYU/Polytechnic University.
, Suffolk County DPW
Confirmed SpeakerDarnell Tyson is the Deputy Commissioner at the Suffolk County Department of Public Works, involved in the planning and design of the first bus rapid transit line in the county. The department has a workforce of nearly 700 and includes the Highways, Structures & Waterways Division, responsible for over 400 miles of county roadway and the Transportation Division responsible for 42 local bus routes which BRT would complement. Long-range tasks include project management of the Nicolls Road study and scoping for PE & NEPA for BRT on NYS Route 110. Existing system key priorities include new incoming buses for the fixed route and Paratransit systems, new technologies including automatic vehicle locators and automatic passenger counters, a new fare collection system, and plans for real-time vehicle location apps which will inform customers and provide data for future planning uses. From 2010 to 2014, Mr. Tyson worked in the Long Range Bus Planning group of the Operations Planning department at MTA-New York City Transit, responsible for the inauguration of five BRT corridors transporting over 100,000 customers a day. Mr. Tyson holds a NYS professional engineer’s license in Civil Engineering, a master’s degree in Transportation Planning and Engineering and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from NYU/Polytechnic University.