We urge Friends of the High Line supporters to attend an important public hearing held by the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) regarding the High Line.
- Thursday, July 24, 2 PM
- Federal Conference Center, 6th Floor, Jacob Javits Federal Building
- 26 Federal Plaza
- Enter by the Duane Street entrance at 26 Federal Plaza, between Broadway and Lafayette streets. All visitors must clear security and produce photo ID.
This may be the most important public hearing that FHL ever faces. A supportive audience would be very helpful. The STB, based in Washington, DC, is coming to New York specifically to review the High Line issue. The hearing is important because the High Line, part of the national rail system, falls under STB jurisdiction. STB approval is required for "rail-banking", which would preserve the High Line's structure and easement and allow the public to reuse it as open space.
The list of testifying parties has already been set by the STB. To view it, click here. Only parties who are on this list will be permitted to testify. But you can help just by showing up. The STB will register a full hearing room as evidence of the great public interest in saving the High Line.