Dear friends of Regional Rail:

The next meeting of the Regional Rail Working Group will be:

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 6-8pm


Hoboken Parking Utility Conference Room, Ground Floor
City Hall, 98 Washington Street, Hoboken New Jersey
Two blocks west of the Hoboken Terminal PATH Station

Brief (5-10 minute) progress reports on several RRWG initiatives will be

1. Near term capacity gains that could result from thru-running at Penn
Station and related enhancements to the station's stairways and

2. Adding Regional Rail service on Amtrak's West Side and hell Gate

3. Regional Rail options to MTA Bronx and Queens express buses

4. Restoring Rockaway Cut-off for Regional Rail link to JFK
Airport/Aqueduct Casino

5. Solutions to the Portal Bridge "problem"

6. Options for "streamlining" Amtrak's "Gateway" plan - single track via
Secaucus or two tracks via Hoboken

7. Light rail and rapid transit options for new Hudson River transit

8. Lower Manhattan Regional Rail options

9. Intercity rail freight and passenger issues

While this list is long, the region is the nation's largest and its rail
system the most complex.
Those subcommittees that have been established will summarize their
Additional subcommittees are needed for several of the remaining

The Regional Rail Working Group is an informal collaboration of transit
advocacy organizations that meet monthly to advance plans for
transforming the commuter rail lines that serve the NY-NJ-CT metropolitan
area into a truly regional rail system, with frequent service, integrated
fares and through operation. For more info checkout


Next several Auto-Free New York activities may be of interest to Regional
Rail advocates:

Next Auto-Free New York meeting

- Tuesday, June 28. 2011, 6-pm
"Threading Light Rail Through East Midtown."
John West, Urban Designer

Location: Van Alen Institute, 30 W. 22nd St, 6th Floor
(joint meeting with vision42 working group)

Next Two Auto-Free New York walking tours:

Tuesdays, July 26 and August 23, 2011, 6-8pm

Meet in front of Macy's promptly at 6pm
Broadway between 34th and 35th Streets

Walk the route of a potential light rail line on 34th St.
- to East River in July, to Hudson River in August

Please RSVP: or call: 212-475-3394

Auto-Free New York has been meeting on a monthly basis for over two
decades to discuss ways to reduce motor vehicular use especially in the
crowded core of our city. For more info checkout

Both RRWG and AFNY operate under the auspices of the Institute for
Rational Urban Mobility, Inc. (IRUM), a NYC-based not for profit

George Haikalis
President, Institute for Rational Urban Mobility, Inc.
One Washington Square Village, Suite 5D
New York, NY 10012