Photograph by Augustin Pasquet

On March 21st, the Museum of the City of New York will host The Subway, a talk with Joseph Lhota, Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), and transportation advocate and MTA Board Member Veronica Vanterpool to delve into what can be done to ensure the future success of the New York subway system.

New York City’s sprawling subway system has rolled into the 21st century in fits and starts. While long-awaited gleaming new stations recently opened along Second Avenue, the more than 100-year-old system is straining under the demands of booming ridership. The talk will be hosted by Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times reporter and host of the Only in New York series at MCNY. Reception to follow with beer courtesy of Harlem Blue.

DATE: Wednesday, March 21st from 7-9 PM

PRICE: $25 (purchase tickets here) or FREE for Untapped Cities Insiders.

CAPACITY: 10 guests. Spots allocated on a first come, first served basis.

REGISTRATION: Open! With our special partnership with the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY), we’ll also be offering Untapped Cities Insiders free tickets to MCNY programs and special curator-led walkthrough of the Museum’s latest exhibitions.

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About the Speakers:
Joseph Lhota 
was appointed Chairman of the MTA in June 2017, returning to a position he previously held from January to December 2012. He also serves as Senior Vice President, Vice Dean, and Chief of Staff at NYU Langone Health. Before joining the MTA in 2012, Lhota was Executive Vice President of Administration for the Madison Square Garden Company. He has also previously served as Deputy Mayor for Operations and the city’s Budget Director.

Veronica Vanterpool is a Board Member of the MTA and consults on transportation issues nationwide. She formerly served as Executive Director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a nonprofit advocacy organization where she spent ten years working towards a more balanced, transit-friendly, and equitable transportation network throughout New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Vanterpool also chairs the board of the Bronx River Alliance, a Bronx based organization working to protect, improve and restore the Bronx River corridor.

Sarah Maslin Nir is a native New Yorker and a reporter for The New York Times best known for her report on the working conditions of nail salon workers, for which she was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize. A graduate of the Brearley School, Columbia University, and the Columbia University School of Journalism, where she received her master’s, she was also The New York Times’ nightlife correspondent, covering 252 parties in 18 months. She once had an audience with the Queen of Spain, though she failed to realize it at the time. She is currently working on a book about horses in New York City for Simon & Schuster.

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