Regional Governance and Hub Stations: The Impact on Development and Transport Connections

This paper will explore the need for increased collaboration and cooperation in regional rail systems through a case study of New York Pennsylvania Station, a major hub station in New York City and the busiest transportation facility in the United States. As a node that connects two major commuter rail systems, urban public transit, and intercity rail, Penn Station is a physical manifestation of the necessity for intermodal collaboration and integrated governance to achieve the maximum benefit for the region. These four operators compete for financial resources and space at Penn Station and in the metropolitan area. This competition has led to limited regional connections and limited opportunities for business development outside of Manhattan. Future transport developments such as high-speed rail (e.g., in the Northeast Corridor of the U.S.) may soon decrease the perception of distance, bringing major urban centers temporally closer together and facilitating business and social relationships. Current regional governance structures are weak and function poorly across state lines. Improved regional and mega-regional governance and collaboration between public and private actors can help spur regional economic growth through larger employment sheds and new development opportunities. This study of Penn Station allows the authors to consider these concepts in a less abstract manner.


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  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 373-383
  • Monograph Title: International Conference on Transportation and Development 2016: Projects and Practices for Prosperity

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  • Accession Number: 01605905
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784479926
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Jun 20 2016 3:03PM