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"Flash Flood Watch" ...Flash Flood Watch in effect from 8 PM EDT this evening through Friday afternoon... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a * Flash Flood Watch for portions of southern Connecticut... northeast New Jersey and southeast New York...including the following areas...in southern Connecticut...northern Fairfield...northern Middlesex...northern New Haven...northern New London...southern Fairfield...southern Middlesex... southern New Haven and southern New London. In northeast New Jersey...eastern Bergen...eastern Essex...eastern Passaic... eastern Union...Hudson...western Bergen...western Essex... western Passaic and western Union. In southeast New York... Bronx...Kings (Brooklyn)...New York (Manhattan)...northeastern Suffolk...northern Nassau...northern Queens...northern Westchester...northwestern Suffolk...Orange...Putnam... Richmond (staten island)...Rockland...southeastern Suffolk... southern Nassau...southern Queens...southern Westchester and southwestern Suffolk. * From 8 PM EDT this evening through Friday afternoon * showers and thunderstorms will be moving into the region from the west early this evening and will overspread the region by late tonight. Showers and thunderstorms will continue into Friday morning and begin to taper off from west to east during Friday afternoon. There is the potential for periods of heavy rainfall this evening into Friday afternoon. * The axis of heaviest rain remains uncertain. However...at this time the heaviest rain is forecast to extend from northeastern New Jersey into the lower Hudson Valley...New York City...and southern Connecticut. Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches are possible...with localized higher amounts possible. The main threat is flash flooding of low lying...poor drainage...and urbanized areas. Smaller flashier streams may also flood. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued. -- Thursday Jul.28 16,10:00 PM

MTA Transportation Reinvention Commission to Meet Next Week

Public Invited to Share Ideas for Improving Transportation in New York.

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New York, NY - July 10th, 2014 - The MTA Transportation Reinvention Commission is soliciting ideas on how to improve New York’s transportation system for the coming century from the general public as well as invited experts at meetings of the Transportation Reinvention Commission scheduled for next week.
 
The Commission was established last month at the recommendation of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to study the region’s mass transit system in light of challenges expected over the coming decades, such as changing demographics, increased rider expectations and the growing threat posed by climate change.
 
The Commission, composed of 24 experts with a wide range of perspectives on transportation, planning, finance and transit advocacy, has been asked to consider investments the MTA should make in order to operate and maintain the existing system, meet and exceed customers’ expectations and spur the continued growth of New York’s economy in the face of these challenges. Recommendations will be provided prior to the September submission of MTA’s proposed 2015-2019 Capital Program.
 
The Commission welcomes public input on any or all of the following questions:
  • What challenges do you think the MTA needs to focus on as it develops its capital plans over the next century?
  • Climate change (rising sea level, increasing temperatures, increasing precipitation, and increased frequency of major weather events)
  • Population growth, ridership increases, land use changes, and demographic changes 
  • Institutional, inter-governmental and jurisdictional barriers
  • Keeping pace with rapidly changing technology and implementing technology in an aging system 
  • Energy efficiency 
  • What innovative investments do you think the MTA needs to make to
  • Maintain its system
  • Meet and exceed customer needs 
  • Spur the economy 
     
  • Do you have any recommendations on how to finance these investments? 
  • Do you have any recommendations for how MTA can implement these investments better, faster and more cheaply?
The general public is invited to register online prior to the meetings to provide ideas in person and will have three minutes to speak. For those who would like to provide written comments, they may do so online, via Facebook, and via Twitter.
 
Upcoming meeting dates and times are as follows:
  • Tuesday, July 15 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, July 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
  • Thursday, July 17 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • The Commission invited a wide range of organizations to speak at next week’s public sessions on areas of their expertise. The public is also invited to attend these meetings at the following dates and times:
  • Tuesday, July 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, July 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 
All meetings will be held at MTA Headquarters, 347 Madison Avenue, 5thfloor board room. A sign language interpreter will be present.
Live webcasts of the meetings will also be available here for those who cannot attend.