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Two years after Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for New York’s subway system, the future of transportation remains one of the city’s most critical, ongoing conversations. It’s also one of the more fraught topics, impacting more than 20 million residents on a daily basis. To deepen public understanding of the current state of things, as well as what the future might bring, Open House New York is launching a yearlong event series to both inform and “ignite the city’s imagination.” The Moving City will begin later this month and continue through next Spring, featuring a wide range of tours, presentations, and panel discussions that will bring much-needed context to this pressing issue.
The series kicks off on July 9 with a presentation by Tom Wright, CEO of Regional Plan Association, on Trans-Regional Express (T-REX), a proposal to combine the Tri-State region’s rail systems into a unified commuter rail network. Later this month, Pentagram partner Michael Bierut will lead a conversation about the legacy of transit graphics and the future of wayfinding systems; there will be an evening cruise along the Hudson and East Rivers exploring the city’s bridges and tunnels; and Galileo Orlando, deputy commissioner for Roadway Repair and Maintenance will offer a behind-the-scenes tour of the Hamilton Avenue Asphalt Plant in Gowanus.
Future events and tours will include a visit to the Department of Transportation’s Traffic Management Center; a walking tour of Queens that highlights how the 7 train has impacted pedestrian mobility, public space, and community development; and talks led by industry leaders such as Meera Joshi, the former Commissioner of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission.
Dates have been set for events through early September, with more to be added soon. Check out the full roster here.
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