AUTO-FREE NEW YORK!
Livable City Plan
Serving NYC since 1989!
WHAT IS AUTO-FREE NY?
A movement aimed at exploring and achieving the upper limit of "devehicularization" of our nation's largest city: Get cars out of our parks. Curb the reckless motorists who dominate our streets. Cut noise, smog and traffic costs. Increase pedestrian space and safety. Shift city and state funds from highway expansion to investments in new transit options and extensions -- not just baby steps. Last but not least, make bicycling better. A livable city is possible!
NEXT MEETING: MAY 16
Auto-Free NY has been holding FREE monthly meetings, featuring a wide variety of guest speakers, since its founding in February, 1989. Usually held in Manhattan, on the third Tuesday of each month, they are open to the public, and no reservations are needed.
The Livable City Transport Plan
is an affordable, comprehensive vision of our city, designed to be achievable in just one four-year mayoral term. Using innovations now common in more sophisticated and democratically run cities here and abroad, this plan would raise New Yorkers' quality of life through better functioning public transit, a noticeable reduction in car use and much more auto-free space in the core of NYC, the most densely populated city in the nation. As always, we look forward to your thoughtful review and comments.
CURRENT EVENTS: The City's plaNYC 2030
Light Rail in NYC
Regional Rail Working Group
How the NY Times Covers NYC
Previous "Letters from George"
How to Join/Donate
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Remembering Steve Dobrow
42nd St. Trolleys - 1990's Planning History
What's so Great about Streetcars?
Light Rail in the Lincoln Tunnel!
New York Streetcar News Index
East River Bridges
Rockaway Beach Line (Qns)
Life's a Beach for Paris Mayor
Berlin: Transport Politics
The Five-Minute Activist
Auto-Free NY operates under the aegis of the Institute for Rational Urban Mobility, Inc. (IRUM), a not-for-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status.
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If Car Names Were Honest:
Ford Poluta XS
Be a patriot - use mass transit!
LAST YEAR: ECO-FEST UNION SQUARE APRIL 2016 NYC: Cars cars cars! Toyota took center stage at the "EcoFest" in Union Square April 17 with a huge car promotion (above, looking towards Broadway in the background). Notice ugly "racing" car with tinted windows, illegal in NYC. Other booths encouraging people to avoid public transportation were Lyft, Zipcar, Enterprise Rental, etc. There was one openly auto-free booth, sponsored by City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez. Photo: Wayne Fields Letter from George
May 1, 2017
Reflections on Regional Rail:
Andy Sparberg on Penn Station and "From a Nickel to a Token"
Dear Friends of Sustainable Transport:
A key strategy for reducing car use in our overcrowded city is to awaken the sleeping giant of regional mobility: New York's severely disconnected network of three commuter rail lines that had been designed chiefly to haul suburbanites to jobs in the core of the city. These rail lines ought to be reconfigured into a comprehensive regional rail system with frequent service, integrated fares and thru service, first at Penn Station, and then by connecting Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal. This strategy will be a major concern at our next Auto-Free NY/vision42/regional rail working group meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 6-8pm, at the Transportation Alternatives office at 111 John Street in Lower Manhattan. We are honored to have as our Guest Speaker Andy Sparberg, a retired LIRR rail planner, whose presentation, Reflections on Regional Rail, will focus on the challenges of operating a dense commuter rail service in the NY region, with emphasis on the Penn Station issues that have recently gone to the top of the radar screen. Andy will share a few "war stories", but also mention some of the good things that have happened. Andy will also bring copies of his new book From a Nickel to a Token: The Journey from Board of Transportation to MTA. He will autograph copies for anyone who would like to purchase one. The meeting will also include a progress report on vision42 - an auto-free light rail boulevard for 42nd Street - and IRUMís analysis of transport needs to advance the cityís rezoning proposal for Manhattanís East Side - "The Sky's the Limit" - now under consideration. Also note several other meetings that may be of interest to regional rail advocates: (1) Jim Venturi of ReThink Studio (see http://www.rethinkstudio.org/) is presenting his Plan 2050 for rail transit in the New York region at Cooper Union on Tuesday evening, May 9, 2017. Hereís the link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rethinknyc-plan-2050-penn-station-a-post-moses-new-york-tickets-32634167674 (2) The "nominal" entity for metropolitan planning in the NY-NJ-CT region - the MAP Forum - will be meeting next Wednesday, March 10, 2017 at 10:30am in Stamford, CT. Several interesting regional rail presentations are planned for that meeting, which will be streamed on the internet. For details see:
https://westcog.org/2017/04/map-forum-in-stamford-2017/. The AFNY meeting starts promptly at 6, and ends at 8pm, at the T.A. offices (a bike-friendly building), not far from the South Street Seaport. An RSVP is not required but strongly recommended at email@example.com.
George Haikalis, Chair
P.S. NYC SMOG ALERT UPDATES:Despite ongoing propaganda about how clean cars are these days, NYC's air quality continues to be the worst on the East Coast -- practically every day here is an Air Quality Alert Day, meaning you shouldn't breathe when outdoors, or live within a few blocks of a city highway or through street. For updates, call the state Dept of Environmental Conservation at 1-800 535-1345.
WISHING TRAFFIC AWAY IS NOT EFFECTIVE
NY Times: Filler vs. Reporting on 'Vision Zero'
"I Refuse to Give Up My Freedoms!" Recognize these gray boxes? EZ-Pass and Big Brother have joined op to invade our privacy, using taxpayer money. Location: Atlantic Avenue at Boerum Street, Brooklyn. Read more
SCAPEGOATING BICYCLISTS FOR
NYC'S RECKLESS MOTOR VEHICLE CLIMATE
UpcomingTuesday, May 16, 6-8pm
Auto-Free NY Meetings, 2017:
Andy Sparberg on Regional Rail
TA's office, 111 John Street, 2nd Fl., NYC Tuesday, June 20, 6-8pm
Topic to be announced
TA's office, 111 John Street, 2nd Fl., NYC
* DIRECTIONS: Meetings are at Transportation Alternatives' HQ, at 111 John Street, 2nd Fl. (just off Water Street, below Seaport. Bike-friendly building!) Meetings start promptly at 6pm and end at 8pm. Our meetings are always FREE and open to the public.
Above: This car-hugger illustration appeared in the New York Times, which has a longstanding grudge against doing serious transit journalism.
Auto-Free New York George Haikalis, Chairman | One Washington Sq. Village, #5D, NYC 10012 | Phone: (212) 475-3394 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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