Dear friends of Regional Rail:

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

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 6-8pm

Location:

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

Once again the discussion will focus on "affordable" options for new
Hudson River passenger rail tunnels, including "streamlining" Amtrak's
recently announced "Gateway" plan as a first phase of a plan to link Penn
Station and Grand Central, and Mayor Bloomberg's plan to extend NYC's #7
subway to Secaucus.

Of special interest will be the consideration of benefits and costs of
several options for "four-tracking" the Newark-NY regional and intercity
rail line. These options include solutions to the Portal Bridge
"problem", direct one-seat ride or improved transfer service to Bergen,
Passaic, Rockland and Orange Counties, and the Hoboken Alternative.

Near term gains that could result from thru-running at Penn Station and
enhancements to stairways and concourses, particularly East of 8th
Avenue, will be also considered.

Time permitting other RRWG initiatives will be discussed.

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 www.rrwg.org

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The next Auto-Free New York meeting may be of interest to regional rail
advocates:

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 6-8pm
"Rail Access to the Region's Airports: where we've been and where we're
heading"
Anthony Callendar, Transportation Planner
Former Senior Staff Analyst, Aviation Department, Port Authority of NY
and NJ


Location:

Transportation Alternative offices
127 West 26th Street 10 Floor
Midtown Manhattan

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 www.auto-free.org

Plan to attend. No need to RSVP.

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

George Haikalis
President, Institute for Rational Urban Mobility, Inc.
One Washington Square Village, Suite 5D
New York, NY 10012
geohaikalis@irim.org
212-475-3394
www.irum.org     www.rrwg.org     www.auto-free.org





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