Tomorrow, June 19, 2012, Council Member James Vacca, Chair of the New York City Council Transportation Committee, will hold an oversight hearing to discuss the transit needs of outer borough commuters. This hearing comes in response to a report, published in June of 2011 by the Center for an Urban Future, which showed job gains for the outer boroughs in spite of the ongoing recession and highlighted a need for better transit services to job centers outside the Manhattan core. In addition, the number of commuters who travel to work within their home borough or a neighboring borough or suburban county has been increasing at a faster rate than the number of commuters who travel into the Manhattan core. These shifting commuting patterns point to an important need for improved transit service outside of Manhattan.
Council Member James Vacca, Chair, Transportation Committee, Lois Tendler, Vice President, Government and Community Relations, MTA New York City Transit, Peter Cafiero, Operation Planning Department, MTA New York City Transit, Bill Wheeler, Director of Planning, MTA Metro-North, Bruce Schaller, Deputy Commissioner for Traffic and Planning, NYC DOT, David Giles, Research Director, Center for an Urban Future, along with Transit Advocates will gather at 250 Broadway, 14th Floor Committee Room on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 10 a.m.