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Re-Discovering Rail: The Smart, Green Alternative

On April 9, MAS convened an expert panel titled Re-Discovering Rail: The Smart, Green Alternative focusing on the issues of expanding the capacity of rail for travel and freight purposes in the United States, with particular emphasis on the needs of New York City for an improved local rail network for commuters that would be served by the new Penn & Moynihan stations.

Panelists Don Phillips, transportation analyst and former transportation reporter, The Washington Post & International Herald Tribune; and Walter Zullig, Jr., legal and transportation consultant and counsel emeritus, MetroNorth Railroad, discussed what is happening elsewhere and considered the local and regional obstacles to improving passenger service — and how those obstacles can be overcome.