Sustainable Transit: Developing an Action Agenda

May 7, 2010   8:30 am - 4:00 pm
City College of New York - Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture
141 Convent Av. (at 138th St.)
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University Transportation Research Center, Region II

Transit fills an essential role in achieving regional and global sustainability. Not only can transit provide improved mobility and accessibility, transit can and should reduce GHGs, support compact land use patterns, decrease congestion and VMT, generate value and equity, save and reduce energy consumption, and minimize its overall industry impact through green techniques.

Questions participants – including the region’s highest level professionals, national and international industry experts, operators, practitioners, decision makers, academics and public officials – will debate, address and attempt to answer include:

  • How does sustainability apply to transit?
  • Why is it imperative for the transit industry to be sustainable?
  • What are sustainable techniques?
  • How are they being applied? Are they meeting goals?
  • How can we adapt existing successful and feasible sustainable transit practices from Europe, Asia and elsewhere?
  • What investments must be made? What are potential funding sources?
  • What do we need? From Technology, Institutions, Infrastructure, Stakeholders?
  • What are the economic costs and benefits? Who benefits? What is the payoff/where is the return on investment?
  • How do we move towards implementation of techniques? And, how can technology get us there faster?


  • Heather Allen, Senior Manager Sustainable Development, International Organisation for Public Transport (UITP)
  • Andrew Bata, Chief, Strategic Improvements and Best Practices, New York City Transit
  • Robert Bertini, Deputy Administrator, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, USDOT
  • Hilllary Brown, Professor of Architecture, The City College of New York
  • Paul Brubaker, Senior Director, Public Sector Group, Cisco
  • Projjal Dutta, Director of Sustainable Initiatives Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Joel Ettinger, Executive Director, New York Metropolitan Transportation Council
  • Camille Kamga, Acting Director, University Transportation Research Center
  • Petra Mollet, VP Strategy, American Public Transportation Association
  • Michael Meyer, Director of the Georgia Transportation Institute, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Tech
  • Louis Neudorff, VP, Transportation Systems, Iteris
  • Takao Nishiyama, Executive Director New York Office, East Japan Railway Company
  • Robert Paaswell, Interim President, The City College of New York
  • Anthony Perl, Post Carbon Institute and Professor and Director Urban Studies Program at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
  • Frank S. Ralbovsky, Sr. Project Manager, Transportation & Power Systems Research, NY State Energy Research and Development Authority
  • Congressman Charles B. Rangel, New York’s 15th District
  • Jon Rynn, Author, Manufacturing Green Prosperity Mark Strauss, Senior Partner, FXFOWLE
  • Ernest Tollerson, Director, Policy and Media Relations, Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • John Walsh, Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Clever Devices
  • Nigel Wilson, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

and more invited . . .