New subway station with open mezzanine
April 14th, 2020
6PM - 7PM

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Will New York ever build any new subway lines, given how long they take to complete and how much they cost? With so many transportation expansion projects under discussion, how do we choose which are the most important ones? Are New York’s public officials and media unwisely promoting megaprojects that either have little hope of being constructed or would come at considerable expense to the existing transit system?

In his new book, Last Subway: The Long Wait for the Next Train in New York City (Cornell University Press 2020), Philip Plotch raises these provocative questions and reveals the dramatic saga behind New York’s struggle to build the Second Avenue subway. The story examines how every generation must make difficult choices between maintaining, upgrading and expanding our transit system.

Join TransitCenter and Open House New York for the book launch and discussion about the balance between expansion and maintenance as the MTA gets started on its upcoming $50 billion, five-year capital program. Featuring Philip Plotch, PhD, Associate Professor, Saint Peter’s University with panelists Nicole Gelinas, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute and Mysore Nagaraja, Co-Founder / Chairman, Spartan Solutions, LLC and former President of MTA Capital Construction. Moderated by Jose Martinez, Senior Reporter, THE CITY.

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This program is part of 
The Moving City: Transportation Infrastructures of New York, a year-long series of tours, conversations, and debates about the future of transportation and mobility in New York City.