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Andrea Bernstein To Lead Transit Museum Panel on Climate Change

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

NYC shut down its transit system in preparation for Hurricane Irene (photo by Kate Hinds)

Last fall, in the wake of Hurricane Irene, I did some reporting on the pressure New York and other large transit systems face  as sea levels rise and storms become more intense.

Tonight at the Transit Museum in downtown Brooklyn, I'll be hosting a panel with a number of experts on the issue.  Come listen, see, learn, and question!

Here's the release from the Museum:


When Hurricane Irene swept through New York City last August, fear and speculation about its strength – and potential to cause catastrophic flooding – brought the city’s entire mass transit system to an unprecedented halt. Although the storm’s impact was less severe than anticipated, Irene reminded New Yorkers of nature’s eminent power over human endeavors.
On Wednesday, March 28, WNYC journalist Andrea Bernstein, who is also Director of public radio’s Transportation Nation, will lead a panel discussion with three of New York City’s leadingexperts in issues related to transit and sustainability.
David Bragdon is Director of the mayor’s Office of Long-term Planning and Sustainability, a vital instrument in developing and coordinating various initiatives accordant with Mayor Bloomberg’s ambitious PlaNYC effort. Prior to becoming Mayor Bloomberg’s chief advisor on environmental policy, Mr. Bragdon oversaw environmental programs in Pottland Oregon as president of the Metro Council.

Projjal K. Dutta, is the Sustainability Initiatives Director at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and a leading expert in environmental design and transportation.

Dr. Klaus H. Jacob, is a professor at Columbia University’s Environmental Policy Program and a research scientist at the school’s distinguished Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. The panel is presented in conjunction with the international Planet Under Pressure conferencein London (, which seeks sustainable solutions addressing issues of climate change.

This informal, hour-long program also includes audience Q and A.
Admission is free. The program takes place at the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn Heights at 6 pm, corner of Beorum Place & Schermerhorn Street; doors open at 5:30 pm.

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Wednesday: Transit Museum Forum on Back of the Bus

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Back of the BusOn Wednesday, I'll be moderating a panel at the NYC Transit Museum on our documentary "Back of the Bus: Mass Transit, Race, and Inequality."  I'll be playing clips, showing slides, and chatting with Elena Conte of the Pratt Center, Anita Hairston of PolicyLink, and Cecil Corbin-Mark of WEACT about continuing issues surrounding race and mass transit in New York and around the nation. Come join the discussion!

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TN Moving Stories: Guerilla Urban Planner Plants R.I. Stop Signs, and Obama's Infrastructure Bank

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Obama administration's budget proposal (due out next week) will call for creation of a national infrastructure bank -- a system that could take some spending decisions out of Congress' hands, said Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. (Wall Street Journal)

(photo by COCOEN via Flickr)

An anonymous guerrilla urban planner has planted nearly 600 "undocumented stop signs" in the town of Cranston, RI--and a special town government committee has elected to keep almost all of them in place. (BoingBoing)

Portfolio Magazine looks at how Democrats are pushing infrastructure and high speed rail, while  Republican are targeting transportation funding.  "Both sides should expect to get derailed." The Wall Street Journal has a similar view.

Two taxi medallions in New York City are being sold for a record $950,000 each. (NY Daily News)

DOT Secretary Ray LaHood is trying to broker peace between Chicago's Mayor Daley and the CEOs of American and United Airlines, who are feuding over a proposed expansion of O'Hare Airport. (Chicago Sun-Times)

The Hill writes about Congressman John Mica. "Like President Obama, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman is a backer of high-speed rail. But House Republican leaders, to put it simply, are not as enamored of the idea."

Is there a chance the City of Milwaukee would be willing to share at least part of almost $55 million in federal transit funding – money currently designated for the planned Downtown Streetcar Circulator – with Milwaukee County to help fund its bus system?  That was an idea floated by the campaign of Chris Abele, a Milwaukee philanthropist and candidate for Milwaukee County executive, earlier this week. (Milwaukee Magazine)

Two bills intended to reduce distracted driving are heading to the Virginia House of Delegates. (WAMU)

And, just in time for Valentine's Day, a little transit romance. New Yorkers: have you ever had a missed connection on public transit? The NY Transit Museum is hosting a "love in transit party for all would-be romantics" on Valentine's Day.

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