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 A Multimodal Tour of the Tri-State Region

Saturday, July 24, and Sunday, July 25, 2010

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has scheduled its annual Multimodal Operations Planning Workshop in New York City on Monday, July 26, through Wednesday, July 28, 2010.

The workshop always starts with a multimodal technical tour, but how can you begin to understand the complexity of transit in the New York metropolitan area in only a day? For that reason a two day tour of the Tri-State region is planned for Saturday, July 24, and Sunday, July 25. The Multimodal Tour of the Tri-State Region will provide transit professionals with a unique passenger’s-eye perspective of how different modal systems function and interact.

An elevated train, with other tracks going in various directions beside and underneath.

DAY ONE sets out at 6 a.m., winding its way through Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Central Long Island on a combination of subways, automated guideway transit, commuter trains and a local bus to Port Jefferson, where we’ll cross the Long Island Sound to Bridgeport CT. After a visit to the Bridgeport intermodal center, we’ll head back to the city via electric commuter trains and ride New York’s first bus rapid transit line. Skipping through the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn on subway trains, we’ll stop at world-famous Coney Island for a hot dog before and returning to Times Square around 8:30 p.m. Along the way we’ll pause to consider three major intermodal terminals and a host of minor ones.

DAY TWO starts north, looping through Upper Manhattan and the Bronx on subway and commuter trains, passing through the grandeur of Grand Central Terminal before turning west to New Jersey via a privately-operated joint bus-ferry service. Upon landfall, we’ll make a whirlwind circuit of North Jersey and Southern New York via multiple light rail, rail rapid transit and commuter trains, as well as local bus, bus rapid transit and a monorail, stopping at seven more intermodal transportation centers enroute.

There is no charge for the Multimodal Tour of the Tri-State Region other than your fares and meals. Participation each day is limited to 40 people. Sign up for either day or both—or for just part of a day if you’d like.

Contact Houston METRO’s Tom Hickey at TH14@RIDEMETRO.ORG to reserve your space or for further details.

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