Meet the MTA's Reinvention Committee

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 02:05 PM

The South Ferry subway station, deluged with seawater during Sandy (MTA New York City Transit / Leonard Wiggins/flickr)

New York's MTA has appointed 22 people to sit on its Transportation Reinvention Commission, an initiative Governor Andrew Cuomo first unveiled last month.

"We're asking the commission to inform the decisions we need to make on the development of the next capital plan," said MTA chief Tom Prendergast at the agency's board meeting Wednesday. The panel, he continued, would not only deal with climate change and how to fund resiliency, but also the "changing demographics" of transit riders. As an example, he said, subway cars are expected to last 50 years. "If the cars are going to be around until 2060 or 2070, you want to make sure the cars are meeting the needs of the riding public in 2060 or 2070, which are different than the riding public today."

The members, which include forrmer DOT head Ray LaHood, a former mayor of Bogota, Colombia, and a number of transit experts. See the list below, and read more about it here.

  • Co-Chair Ray LaHood, Senior Policy Advisor, DLA Piper
  • Co-Chair Jane Garvey, North America Chairman, Meridiam Infrastructure
  • Rohit Aggarwala, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
  • Richard Anderson, President, New York Building Congress
  • Kate Ascher, Associate Professor, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
  • Andy Byford, CEO, Toronto Transit Commission
  • Isabel Dedring, Deputy Mayor for Transport, London
  • Alain Flausch, Secretary-General, International Association of Public Transport (UITP)
  • Dall Forsythe, Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Finance, NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
  • Craig Gotsman, Professor, Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute, New York City
  • Gary LaBarbera, President, Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York
  • Kevin Law, President and CEO, Long Island Association
  • Robert Lieber, Chairman, ULI New York
  • Enrique Peñalosa, Former Mayor of Bogota, Colombia
  • Robert Puentes, Director, Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative and Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute           
  • Denise Richardson, Managing Director, General Contractors Association of New York
  • Gene Russianoff, Staff Attorney, Straphangers Campaign
  • Veronica Vanterpool, Executive Director, Tri-State Transportation Campaign 
  • David Waboso, Director, Capital Programmes, London Underground 
  • Mark Willis, Executive Director, NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy
  • Larry Wolinsky, Chair, Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress 
  • Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO, Partnership for New York City
  • Robert Yaro, President, Regional Plan Association
One additional member to be announced


Comments [4]

TOM from Brooklyn

Seem to have all the lobbyists & interest groups in one place to keep an eye on each other. Insures the status quo. Public just would need to be brought up to speed on the jargon.

Jun. 27 2014 01:38 PM
Mary from New York

I see there's no representation in this group of those who will have to deal with the aftereffects of this group's decisions; neither passenger nor transportation worker. Typical.

Jun. 27 2014 12:55 PM
Tyrell from Brooklyn, NY

Enrique Peñalosa developed the rapid transit system for Bogota. So being able to build a rapid transit system from scratch in a already developed and congested city seems to bring some credibility to him IMO

Jun. 26 2014 11:01 PM
Marc from NY

What exactly does Enrique Peñalosa, Former Mayor of Bogota, Colombia bring to the table?
Seriously, who are you going to hire next the former head of the NY State Department of Mental Retardation?

These are our tax dollars
These are NY State tax Dollars & Federal tax dollars at work

Why is the system failing?

Jun. 26 2014 09:36 PM

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