Move NY - Funding NYC's Transportation Infrastructure
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Date: Friday, March 21st, 2014 Time: 8:00am - 10:45am
Welcome: Alex Matthiessen, Move NY
Panel I: Setting the Stage–The Importance of Investing in Transportation - Moderator: Bob Yaro, Regional Plan Association Panelists: - Floyd H. Flake, Pastor, Greater Allen African Methodist Episcopal Cathedral - Carol Kellerman, President, Citizens Budget Commission - Gregory A. Le Frois, Vice President, Fellow & Vice Chairman of Toll Services, HNTB Corporation - Commissioner Joan McDonald, New York State Department of Transportation
The Move NY Plan: “Gridlock” Sam Schwartz Video: link to be posted 3/21 Presentation: link to be posted 3/21
Panel II: Transit, Roads & Bridges–Identifying Investment Priorities
- Moderator: Alex Matthiessen, President & Founder, Blue Marble Project Panelists: - John A. Corlett, Director of Government Affairs & Traffic Safety Services, AAA-NY - Kendra Hems, President, New York State Motor Truck Association - Kevin Law, President & CEO, Long Island Association - Gene Russianoff, Staff Attorney & Chief Spokesman, Straphangers Campaign - Mark Weprin, City Council Member for District 23, New York City Council
10:15 Q&A / Open Discussion *Viewers can share their thoughts by tweeting @MoveNewYork
11:00am Closing & Adjourn
- Note: panelists' participation in event is not necessarily an endorsement of the Move NY proposal.
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Who we are: Move NY & Regional Plan Association
Move NY is a region-wide grassroots campaign to raise awareness of, and build support for, a regional transportation plan that seeks to raise new revenue to invest in NYC's mass transit system and road and bridge network; bring equity to the region's tolling system; and reduce the City's traffic congestion. The Move NY coalition is comprised of a wide array of stakeholders representing the region’s businesses and business groups, labor, clergy, civic leaders, transportation and environmental advocates, and elected officials – all of whom recognize the imperative to maintain and enhance a world-class transportation system.
Move NY formed in 2010 in response to the growing crisis facing our city’s transportation network – in the form of drastic service cuts, escalating fares and tolls, and a dwindling funding base. In 2012, we teamed up with renowned traffic engineer, "Gridlock" Sam Schwartz, to promote what we believe is a game-changing plan he developed after traveling around the region and talking with dozens of stakeholders, including many who opposed past traffic-pricing plans. Together, Sam and the Move NY coalition have developed a plan that squarely addresses those concerns and points the way to maintain, expand and modernize a system that by most measures lags behind those of many other of the world's global business capitals.
Founded in 1922, Regional Plan Association is the nation's most influential independent regional planning organization. RPA works to improve the quality of life, economic competitiveness and sustainability of the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region through research, planning and advocacy. The organization also seeks advancements in infrastructure and urban development in the Northeast and across the U.S. RPA’s storied history includes the creation of three landmark plans for the tri-state region. The first one, in 1929, provided the blueprint for the transportation and open space networks that we take for granted today. The second plan, completed in 1968, was instrumental in restoring our deteriorated mass transit system, preserving threatened natural resources and revitalizing our urban centers. In 1996, RPA's third regional plan, "A Region at Risk," warned that new global trends had fundamentally altered New York's national and global position. The plan called for building a seamless mass transit system, creating a three-million acre network of protected natural resource systems, maintaining half the region's employment in urban centers and assisting minority and immigrant communities to fully participate in the economic mainstream.