The Institute for Rational Urban Mobility, Inc.
A New York Not-for-Profit Corporation

The Institute for Rational Urban Mobility, Inc (IRUM) was incorporated as a New York not-for-profit corporation in February 1997 to study and promote the enhanced livability and increased economic competitiveness of New York City and other dense urban areas through a program of innovative transport reforms. Key programs being advanced by IRUM are shown below. For more information about IRUM click here.

Letter to MTA regarding East Side Access (February 8, 2019)
IRUM urges the MTA to convene a panel of independent experts to consider the merits of changing course on the LIRR Deep Cavern project.

Presentation to Mary Kay Murphy, Director of Planning and Development Department at PANYNJ (January 18, 2019)
Regional Rail Should Be a Top Transportation Priority for the Port Authority of NY and NJ.

Statement at MTA Fare Hearing (November 27, 2018)
IRUM urges MTA to halt proposed fare hikes for its bus, subway and commuter rail lines.
M.T.A. is on track to decide on a fair hike - The Villager

Crain's New York Business: Letter to the Editor (November 2, 2018)
Getting to JFK, George Haikalis (PDF)

Press Release (September 21, 2018)
Transit Advocates urge NJ Governor Phil Murphy to Route New Hudson Tunnels by way of Hoboken, and halt plans for a new Hackensack River Bridge.

A better way to connect N.Y. & N.J.: Why spend $25 billion on Gateway when we can do the job for closer to $6 billion? (January, 2018)
Daily News Opinion by George Haikalis, Institute for Rational Urban Mobility, Inc.

IRUM Comments at Gateway Program Development Corporation meeting of Board of Trustees (September, 2017)
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IRUM Comments on Hudson Tunnel DEIS (August, 2017)
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Presentation for the Association of the Bar of NYC (June, 2017)
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NY Daily News: Letter to the Editor (Inter-Airport shuttle) (March, 2017)
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An Update of vision42 Modeling and Technical Studies (January, 2017)
Update of vision42 Benefits, Costs and Fiscal Impacts prepared by Urbanomics, Inc.
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IRUM Comments on Hudson Tunnel Scoping Document
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Routing the new Hudson River tunnels via Hoboken
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Comparison of river-to-river light rail vs 10th Avenue subway station for 42nd street
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Statement at Public Hearing: April 4, 2016
NY City Council hearing on Carfree Day

Statement at Public Hearing: September 21, 2015
NY City Council hearing on Citywide Ferry System

Statement at Public Hearing: September 17, 2015
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer Hearing on Manhattan Congestion

Exhibition: November 17, 2014 - January 5, 2015
The Durst Organization & chashama present the 4 semi-finalists for international design competition of proposals for a river-to-river auto-free light rail boulevard on Manhattan’s 42nd Street.

Statement at August 16, 2011 PANYNJ Public Hearing on Toll and Fare Hikes.

Press Release: December 22, 2009
Fire Safety Experts Urge U.S. Homeland Security Secretary to Halt Construction of Deep Cavern Railway Stations in Manhattan

Current Projects:

JFK Airport Express: Building World Class Airport Ground Access for New York City. A Study of the Reactivation of Long Island Railroad Rockaway Beach Branch. Prepared by Capstone students at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. May 8, 2013

Price Matters: Free Transit Citywide with Road Pricing for the Manhattan Central Business District.

This study, funded by renowned labor mediator Theodore Kheel's foundation Nurturing New York's Nature, Inc (NNYN), was initiated by IRUM in February 2007. The completed report, A Bolder Plan: Balancing Free Transit and Congestion Pricing in New York City (January 2008), is available here.

Earlier research results of the study were presented at the regular monthly meeting of Auto-Free New York on Tuesday, June 26, 2007. To see the presentation, click here for PowerPoint or PDF version.

Congestion Pricing: Statement at March 24, 2008 NYC Council Hearing.

PlaNYC 2030: Statement at June 8, 2007 NYS Assembly Hearing on NYC’s Sustainability Proposal.

Making the Connection: Moving Forward on Regional Rail. 

Auto-Free New York: Exploring the upper limits of "devehicularization" in our nation's largest city.

vision42: Light Rail Transit in a River-to-River Crosstown Boulevard.

LIRR East Side Access: Bringing the Long Island Rail Road to existing trackage in Grand Central.

Liberty Loop: Low Cost Key to Downtown Revival.

Making Tracks on 2nd Avenue: The Case for Light Rail Transit on Manhattan's East Side.

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Other Transportation Advocacy Groups:

Regional Rail Working Group: A Consortium of Transit Advocacy Organizations.

Village Crosstown Trolley Coalition: Making Tracks Through the Village.

Earlier studies related to current IRUM initiatives:

Analyzing the Potential for Commuter Train Run-Through Service at New York Penn Station August, 2014
Prepared by Amtrak Northeast Corridor Infrastructure Investment and Development and Amtrak Operations Research Groups

Access to the Region’s Core: Summary Report November, 2003

JFK One-Seat Feasibility Study MTA February, 2001

Access to the Region’s Core: Milestone Summary Report May, 1999

People Powered Personal Rapid Transit George Haikalis and George Bliss, November, 1996
International Conference on PRT and Other Emerging Transportation Systems, Minneapolis, MN, USA

SupraCar George Haikalis, 1968
Highway Research Board, Washington, D.C.

Apple Corridor The Committee for better Transit, June 4, 1996

Brooklyn-Queens Rail Link The Committee for better Transit, June, 1994

Network Northeast George Haikalis, November 8, 1993

Planning a Nationwide High Speed Rail Freight and Passenger Network George Haikalis, October, 1992

Greenwich Village Traffic Calming Study Michael Robert King, Columbia University, May, 1992

Transportation in the NY-NJ-CT Metropolitan Area at the Turn of the Century and the Millennium
James T.B. Tripp, Environmental Defense Fund and George Haikalis, March 19, 1992

Towards an "American National Railroad" Tri-State Regional Planning Commission, June 1971

Inter-Airport Shuttle Tri-State Transportation Commission, June 1971

Improved Access to Manhattan’s East Side - Suburban Railroad Passengers: Tri-State Transportation Commission, June 1970

The Institute for Rational Urban Mobility, Inc. is tax exempt as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is also Registered with the New York State Attorney General pursuant to Article 7-A of the Executive Law and Section 8-1.4 of the Estates, Powers and Trusts Law (EPTL). A copy of its latest annual financial report filed pursuant to Article 7-A of the Executive Law may be obtained, upon request, from IRUM, P.O. Box 409, New York, NY 10014, or from the New York State Attorney General's Charities Bureau, Attn: FOIL Officer, 120 Broadway, New York, New York 10271.