Dear friends of Regional Rail:

The next meeting of the Regional Rail Working Group (RRWG) will be held
on Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 6-8pm (meeting will start promptly at
6pm) Conference Room, NYPD Downtown Center 104 Washington Street (just
north of Rector Street), Lower Manhattan.

I would also urge you to attend the next Auto-Free New York meeting,
which will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2009, 6-8pm, at the same
location. The subject will be:

"Light Rail Through the Lincoln Tunnel - a big win for both states:
better transit service in NJ and reduced car chaos in West Midtown", an
informal discussion led by Transportation Planner George Haikalis

At the RRWG meeting discussion will continue on efforts to advance ARC
Penn Station First -- a plan for connecting the new Hudson River
passenger rail tunnels directly into existing tracks and platforms at
Moynihan/Penn Station. The current NJ Transit plan to connect the new
tunnels into a deep cavern dead end terminal station 175 feet below 34th
Street is seriously flawed, and should be modified. The discussion will
also include consider consideration of the Hoboken Alternative.

Time permitting, there will be progress reports on other RRWG

1. moving forward on the Penn Station Metro-Hub plan
2. Upper Level Loop Alternative for LIRR East Side Access
3. Restoring Rockaway Cutoff for one-seat ride to JFK Airport
4. Lower Manhattan Access
5. Regional Rail Freight and Intercity Rail Passenger issues

The purpose of the working group is to develop and advance plans for
converting the region's commuter rail lines into a regional rail system,
with fast, frequent service and affordable, integrated fares. The group
also considers changes to rapid transit and light rail transit that are
"regional" in scale.

Regional Rail issues are discussed on our website:

The Working Group includes:

Empire State Passengers Association
NJ Association of Railroad Passengers
Lackawanna Coalition
Five Towns Rural Transit, Inc.
Committee for Better Transit
Institute for Rational Urban Mobility
Sane Aviation for Everyone, Inc. (SAFE) (our newest participant)

See you on February 23, 2010 and February 24, 2010


George Haikalis
Chair, Regional Rail Working Group
One Washington Square Village, Suite 5D
New York, NY 10012 phone: 212-475-3394