TransportationCamp-ers have a chance to “get real” next weekend at TransportationCamp East. In a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes with New York’s transportation, we’re offering four different tours, vising three control centers and a rail depot!

Signup for these tours opens Monday 2/28 at 11am ET. Details below, check back here for sign up links. We don’t have many spaces, so get ready to register… Pick wisely, the tours overlap so you can’t go on all of them.

TransportationCamp gratefully acknowledges tour support from NYCDOT, the MTA, and Clear Channel. We’re especially grateful to the staff who will lead the tours!

(Wonderful time lapse of the Corona Subway depot coming to life at dawn, from the MTA’s YouTube channel).

For all tours, meeting point information will be available once registration opens. Full details will be given to successful applicants. Tour spots are only available to registered TransportationCamp attendees.

MTA New York City Transit’s Rail Control Center

Friday 4th, 2:30 – 4 pm | Register Sunday 6th, 2:30 – 4 pm | Register The Rail Control Center serves as the epicenter of subway operations in New York City. About the size of a football field, the operating floor centralizes service management and information, coordinates supporting infrastructure and services, and collaborates with connecting transit agencies. Tours will be led by Tom Calandrella, Superintendent, MTA New York City Transit or Mike Frumin, Senior Strategic Planner, MTA. Please note that photos and media coverage (including blogs) are not permitted on this tour.

Total Traffic Network HQ at Clear Channel Radio

Friday 4th, 2:30 – 4 pm | Register Tour the control headquarters of the one of the major providers of traffic condition information in the NYC metropolitan region. David Fein, VP/Regional Director of Operations will lead the tour, providing insight into not only how their operation works, but also context around changing commute patterns over time and how reporting technology has evolved.

Corona Rail Maintenance Shop and Car Wash

Friday 4th, 2 – 4pm | Register The Corona Rail Maintenance Shop and Car Wash is the first MTA New York City Transit facility to achieve LEED certification and uses practical approaches to sustainability, including natural lighting and ventilation, rainwater collection for train washing, and a 100kW solar panel array. Not only did the facility win an “Innovation in Design” award from the US Green Building Council, but it has shown a documented productivity increase by doubling the Mean Distance Between Failures for the more than 400 subway cars its employees maintain. This tour will be led by Tom Abdallah, Chief Environmental Engineer, MTA New York City Transit.

The TMC: NYCDOT’s Center of Operations

Friday 4th 12:45 - 2pm | Register DOT’s Transportation Management Center (TMC) is the nerve center for NYC streets, operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The center uses cutting-edge technology and real time information delivery systems to implement morning rush-hour, balance mid-day and afternoon rush hour timing patterns as well as patterns to accommodate events such as Presidential visits, parades, water main breaks and construction. Join DOT staff for a one-hour tour of the center and learn how Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) play a role in keeping City streets safe for all users. Please note that photos are not permitted on this tour, but media coverage (including blogging) is welcomed.

TRANSCOM Communications Control Center

Friday 4th 10:15 - 12pm | Register Sixteen transportation agencies in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut region coordinate through TRANSCOM during major regional incidents and construction projects, using a range of jointly developed Intelligent Transportation Systems.  See the state-of-the-art Communications Center at work on this tour, led by TRANSCOM staff.  The tour is located in Jersey City, NJ, and will last approximately one hour; start time assumes 25 minute PATH train ride from TransportationCamp site.