Up until COVID 19 hit, New York residents relied on its public transportation systems and roads to get everywhere. The world has changed, and this event will discuss how transportation will rebuild and reshape the city and state. It will bring together experts across sectors to assess the current state of New York’s transportation systems, break down recent legislative actions, and look towards the future of all things coming and going in New York.
Welcome and Introduction
Keynote Speaker Rick Cotton, Executive Director, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
How Coronavirus Is Reshaping New York’s Transit Systems
When the pandemic hit New York in the Spring ridership in the city’s transportation system shut down by 90%. Subways were overwhelmed with homeless people, buses were empty, streets were closing. As the summer came and went, the government began to urge New Yorkers to get back on the subways and buses with safety and cleaning protocols in place. Leaders urge that this is a time of improvement with smart new technology improving the transit system, NYC ferries, e-bikes and scooters. What does the future of public transit look like going into the Winter and 2021 and what will happen to all of the public-private projects that had been planned or started?
Louise Butler, Senior Vice President, Peopl & Business Operations, Transitwireless (moderator)
Catherine Rinaldi, President, Metro-North Railroad
Phillip Eng, President, Long Island Railroad
Senator Leroy Comrie, Chair, Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions
Steve Brunner, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Cubic Transportation Systems
John A. Gasparine, Associate Vice President, WSP USA, Inc.
Moving New Yorkers Safely
Although many people are still working from home, for those commuting, the concern is that traffic will be worse than ever. However, equally or more important is their safety, regardless of the transportation method they choose to use. The city has put forth policies to improve the safety of all commuters, most notably Vision Zero and initiates to make transportation cleaner. Our panel will assess the success of these efforts while also looking forward to other future efforts including adding new technologies, lowering the speed limits, redesigning streets, bike lanes and intersections to increase pedestrian safety, piloting connected vehicles, developing new rules to limit delivery gridlock, and more.
Eric Beaton, Deputy Commissioner for Transportation and Management, New York City Department of Transportation
Keith Todd Kerman, Deputy Commissioner for Fleet and Chief Fleet Officer, New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services