Dear friends of Regional Rail:

The next meeting of the Regional Rail Working Group (RRWG) will be this coming Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 6-8pm (meeting will start promptly at 6pm) Conference Room, NYPD Downtown Center 104 Washington Street (just north of Rector Street),  Lower Manhattan. (Please note that this meeting is a week earlier than usual.)

The discussion will focus on developing comments, due by May 28, 2010, on phase 1 of the Moynihan Station project. Several RRWG participants, who attended the public hearing held on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 , and reviewed the plans in detail, will present their concerns at the RRWG meeting. 
Note: Comments may also be submitted in writing to Moynihan Station Development Corporation, 633 Third Avenue, 36th Floor, New York, NY 10017 (Attn: Rebecca Pelleghi)
Also at this Wednesday's RRWG meeting a progress report will be given by regional rail advocates on their recent efforts to persuade leadership in Trenton to have NJ Transit drop its dead end deep cavern terminal station 175 feet below 34th Street and 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.
Time permitting, there will be progress reports on other RRWG initiatives:
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 May 19, 2010

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