Tour: New York’s Public Transportation

The physical City of New York is the product of numerous planners, developers, and municipal officials as well as private citizens. This tour explores how the city was planned and grew, and is served by the infrastructure that we use every day.

Explore the alternative forms of public transportation that are available in the region. This tour will start at Grand Central Terminal and end in Hoboken Terminal. Particular focus will be placed on the early rail systems of New York and New Jersey, as well as the Trans-Hudson Rail Tubes. Leader: Jonathan Peters, Ph.D., College of Staten Island.

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The Trans-Hudson Transit Crunch Keeps Getting Tougher to Fix

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When news broke earlier this week that replacing the Port Authority Bus Terminal would cost $11 billion, advocates were skeptical. At a board meeting today, many Port Authority commissioners, while recognizing the need to replace and expand the terminal, joined in that skepticism. Over the past 18 months, Port Authority staff, working with consultants from […]

San Francisco Mayor to NYC: “Eat Your Heart Out.”

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