As the metropolitan New York region is facing numerous transit problems and fierce battles are being fought over a variety of mass transportation proposals, New York University is holding a timely conference to address the challenges of transit and provide a forum for constructive discussion among elected officials, transit advocates, administrators and community representatives. Representatives from federal, state and city legislatures, public interest groups, planning and environmental organizations, MTA, Port Authority, transit advocacy organizations, labor unions and academia will convene at the “Tri-State Transit Symposium” to discuss a wide array of pressing transit issues.

The daylong conference is held by the Center for Transportation Policy and Management at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, in affiliation with the University Transportation Research Center at CUNY. It will take place on Tuesday, December 7th, at Con Edison’s Headquarters Auditorium in New York City (4 Irving Place, between 14th and 15th streets).

The Tri-State Transit Symposium will feature such distinguished speakers as: · Representative Jerrold Nadler · MTA President Lawrence G. Reuter · Eugene Conti, Assistant Secretary for Transportation, USDOT · Robert D. Yaro, Executive Director, Regional Plan Association · Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James F. Sullivan · New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner James Weinstein · Sonny Hall, International President, Transport Workers Union of America AFL-CIO · Gene Russianoff, Senior Attorney, NYPIRG/Straphangers Campaign

NYU President L. Jay Oliva and Council of Transportation Chairman Steve Greenfield will deliver the luncheon addresses and United States Senator Charles Schumer will address the audience by phone.

The following topics will be addressed at the Symposium: · Political and Institutional Perspectives · Regional Infrastructure Investment Plans · Role of Non-Institutional Players · National experiences in Transit Governance

The Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service was founded in 1938 as the Graduate Division for Training in Public Service. Today, the Wagner School is the largest public service school in the country. Committed to the values of public service and enriched by the academic excellence of New York University, the Wagner School delivers a comprehensive, practical education for those seeking to serve the public sector. Hailing from all over the world, students arrive at the Wagner School with a desire to serve the public and leave with the skills and experience to bring about change. Combining coursework in management, finance and policy with cutting edge research and work experience, the Wagner education enables them to transform personal commitment into public leadership. New York University is a private university in the public service, and the Wagner School stands at the heart of this mission, linking the enormous resources of the University to the community, to New York City and by extension, to the cities of this country and around the world.

New York University was established in 1831. Located in New York City’s historic Greenwich Village, NYU was specifically modeled on the great urban universities of Europe and was founded to serve the emerging middle class and new Americans. NYU is one of the largest private universities in the U.S., and it has the largest number of students from foreign lands of any U.S. college or university. Through its 13 schools and colleges, NYU conducts research and provides education in the arts and science, law, medicine, dentistry, business, education, nursing, public administration and policy, social work, and the cinematic and performing arts, among other areas.

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