USHSR is proud to offer a selection of transportation tours as part of our NY conference in cooperation with the NY-NJ Port Authority, MTA, Metro North, NYC DOT, Transportation Diversity Council, and the Moynihan Station Development Corporation. Tours take place Sunday November 6 or Wednesday November 9 at the specified days, times, and locations listed below. All tours are included in your conference registration fee (no extra charge), but require pre-registration. You must bring your tour registration receipt with you to participate in the tour.
Tours are part of the USHSR NY High Speed Rail Conference, and are only open to confirmed conference attendees. Tours are available on a first come basis, and once the maximum number of registrants is reached, a waiting list will be formed. All tours will begin at the conference hotel at the times and locations listed below. The New Yorker Hotel is located at 481 8th Ave. at 34th Street. For more information on the hotel, please call 212.244.0719.
Tours take place Sunday November 6 or Wednesday November 9, and are only open to conference attendees
TOUR #1 - NYC DOT Command Center Tour One of the largest transportation command centers in North America - the Joint Transportation Management Center (JTMC) in Long Island City, New York. The JTMC is focused on around-the-clock coordination and communication among the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Region 11, New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT), New York Police Department (NYPD), the Federal Highway Administration and other partner agencies in the metropolitan area. JTMC manages daily transportation incidents and reduce congestion on some of the busiest expressways in the world. Additionally, JTMC is designed to safely and efficiently move people, goods, services and information vital to the economy through the State and City of New York.
Day: Sunday Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm Start Location: Registration desk, 2nd floor of conference hotel Maximum number people: 20 Register:Click to register for this tour
TOUR #2 - Grand Central Station Tour (MTA/Metro North) Grand Central Terminal is the world's largest train terminal--and one of America's most loved historic and architectural treasures.Get a behind-the-scenes tour that will include Metro-North Railroad's brand new Operations Control Center-- You will discover the technological secret that keeps Metro-North trains running smoothly.You will also be able to see a jewel in GCT worth between $10-20 million; and can learn of a secret, hidden staircase on the main concourse that no one ever sees--but is used all the time. The guide will unveil a design error in the main concourse--that is the size of the main concourse; and you will be able to visit a secret train station buried within the terminal, as well as learn about the largest hidden basement within NYC.
Day: Sunday Time: 12:30pm-2:30pm Start Location: Registration desk, 2nd floor of conference hotel Maximum number people: 30 Register:Click to register for this tour
TOUR #3 - World Trade Center Rebuild Site (Port Authority NY & NJ) The Freedom Towers (WTC) will build a brighter, more vibrant future for downtown New York with superior commercial space and a modernized transportation system.It will provide a significant economic boost for the area and dramatically enhance the quality of life for the people who live, work, and visit downtown. The site will feature a collection of works by world-renowned architects including,Santiago Calatrava, David Childs, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Fumihiko Maki, and Richard Rogers.
Day: Wednesday Time: 9:30am-11:30am Start Location: Lobby of conference hotel, just inside front door Maximum number people: 20 Register:Click to register for this tour
TOUR #4 - East Side Access Tunnel Construction The East Side Access project will connect the Long Island Rail Road's (LIRR) Main and Port Washington lines in Queens to a new LIRR terminal beneath Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. The new connection will increase the LIRR’s capacity into Manhattan, and dramatically shorten travel time for Long Island and eastern Queens commuters traveling to the east side of Manhattan.
The East Side Access Project has excavating tunnels approximately 120 feet beneath Manhattan streets. Two tunnel boring machines (TBMs) were used, one manufactured by SELI and one manufactured by Robbins. The two TBM's in Manhattan made eight successful tunnel drives starting and ending at various points along the alignment. At the end of November 2009 all of the upper tunnel drives were completed and in 2011, all the Manhattan tunnels were successfully mined.Excavation to create the caverns with in Grand Central Terminal are currently underway and have an estimated completion date of early 2012.
Day: Wednesday Time: 9:30am-11:30am Start Location: Lobby of conference hotel, just inside front door Maximum number people: 15 Register:Click to register for this tour
Additional Self-Guided Tours
TOUR #A - Plazas of New York City - Self Guided Tour (NYC DOT) NYC DOT NYC DOT works with Non Profits to create neighborhood plazas throughout the City. They have transformed underused streets into vibrant, social public spaces. The NYC Plaza Program was created to reinvent New York City's public realm by helping ensure that all New Yorkers live within a 10-minute walk of quality open space.In New York City, the public's right of way comprises 64 square miles of land-that is enough space to fit about 50 Central Parks. The Program re-claims streets at appropriate locations to make new plazas. Sites are selected based on the following criteria: Open space, community initiative, site context, organizational & maintenance capacity, and income eligibility.
Location: Manhattan Time: throughout Sunday - self guided Start Location: at plaza sites (see below) Maximum number people: open to all Plaza Sites: -34th St. Plaza (on 34th St. between 5th & 6th Ave) -42nd St. Plaza (on Broadway in Times Square, 42nd to 47th streets) Register:No registration required, self guided tour
TOUR #B - New European Style Bike Lanes of New York City - Self Guided Tour NY DOT's Bicycle Network Development program was created to reduce congestion by promoting cycling in New York City. Its objectives are to maintain New York City's on-street and off-street bicycle network; improve cycling safety; improve bicycle access on bridges and mass transit; and institutionalize cycling in public and private organizations. Their website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/bike/cwbm.shtml (NYC Cycling Map) shows existing bicycle lanes and planned greenways, as well as a network of bicycle-friendly streets. The proposed routes are the result of extensive fieldwork, involving the analysis of traffic conditions and the assessment of the connectivity and accessibility of the routes.
Location: Manhattan Time: throughout Sunday - self guided Start Location: at bike route sites (see below) Maximum number people: open to all Bike Lane Sites: -9th Ave. Bike Lane (on 9th Ave. between 16th Street & 23rd Street) Register:No registration required, self guided tour