Innovative Transportation Investments for NYC's Future
You'll learn about:
The impact of growth and development on NYC’s transportation network
The challenges to developing new infrastructure in NYC
Innovative solutions to create, fund, and implement new transportation infrastructure
New York City is working to enhance and expand its transportation network within the confines of aging infrastructure, a growing population, and limited space. Meet staff from the NYC Economic Development Corporation and the Department of Transportation and explore the following three projects these organizations are spearheading to tackle these challenges:
The Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX), a transformative urban light rail project, will create new public transportation options along the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront. Outside of the local bus network, the current subway system has a Manhattan-centered, east-west focus that limits fast and convenient connections between Brooklyn and Queens. The BQX, with a mostly dedicated right-of-way, will reduce travel times and connect areas with limited access to transit to the larger rail system.
The Citywide Ferry Service (CFS) will provide an affordable, convenient transit option to residents in otherwise transit-isolated neighborhoods. It expands on the existing East River Ferry, which currently operates on one route between Queens, norther Brooklyn, and Manhattan. The CFS includes five new routes and 13 new or upgraded landings, as well as upgrades to the two Manhattan terminals at East 34th Street and Pier 11 at Wall Street.
Finally, take a look at NYC’s version of bus rapid transit, Select Bus Service. Explore its dedicated bus lanes, off-board fare collection, and transit signal priority.
, New York City Dot
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerEric is the Senior Director of Transit Development at the New York City Department of Transportation. In that role he works to make public transportation in New York City work better through better street design and ITS, and also serves as a key policy advisor on transit issues for the City. He has worked with the MTA to implement Select Bus Service, New York City’s brand name for Bus Rapid Transit, on ten routes citywide, which have shown substantial gains in bus speeds and ridership, and now also oversees the City’s initiative to study improved city run transit along the Brooklyn and Queens waterfronts. He has worked at NYCDOT since 2006, after receiving a Master’s degree in urban planning.
, City of New York
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerAdam Giambrone is the Director of the Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX) Streetcar project which is a 16 mile modern streetcar line projected to start operations in 2024 in Brooklyn and Queens to connect communities to better transit and support ongoing residential and commercial development. Adam has been involved in different elements of the transit sector for over 15 years. Before starting with the City of New York, Adam served as the President and Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), Director of Studies and Innovation for Montreal's regional transit authority (AMT), Chief of Planning for Chatham Area Transit (Savannah), Deputy Director of Operations for a local bus garage in Khartoum (Sudan) and as the Executive Transit Adviser for the Milwaukee Streetcar Project. He holds and MBA from the University of Toronto and an EMBA from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) that focused on transportation management.
, Economic Dev Corp
, New York
Invited SpeakerTom McKnight is the Executive Vice President for Planning, Development and Transportation at the NYC Economic Development Corporation, where he oversees the division responsible for real estate, infrastructure and transportation planning across New York City. At NYCEDC, Tom’s division leads complex public/private initiatives that advance the City’s goals of promoting transit-oriented development, building affordable housing and strengthening infrastructure to support neighborhood growth. Tom has held various positions within EDC since his arrival there in 2001. He holds a Masters in Urban Planning from New York University and a BA from Fordham University. He lives with his family in Sunnyside, Queens.
Confirmed SpeakerSeth Myers is currently serving as the Executive Vice President and Director of Project Implementation at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Seth attended Columbia University and received a graduate degree in urban planning. Before joining NYCEDC, Seth worked in the Mayor’s Office of Capital Project Development where he was involved with key projects in Lower Manhattan and, in particular, at the World Trade Center site. Since 2006, he has managed the planning, design, and construction of large-scale capital and infrastructure projects, with a focus on coordination between multiple agencies or government entities.