High Line Corridor Pneumatic Waste Collection System (2017) funding: NYSERDA NYSDOT

"Trucks, Trains, Tugs and Tubes: A Model for More-Efficient Collection and Transfer of Solid Waste, the Predominant Form of First-Mile Urban Freight" (2015) funding: Volvo Research Foundation

On behalf of CUNY's University Transportation Research Center, Region 2 (UTRC), we designed and analyzed the costs and benefits of transporting containers from a pneumatic waste collection terminal via New York City's existing urban freight rail infrastructure.


A Study of the Feasibility of Pneumatic Transport of Municipal Solid Waste and Recyclables in Manhattan Using Existing Transportation Infrastructure” (2013) funding: NYSERDA and NYSDOT

On behalf of CUNY's University Transportation Research Center, Region 2 (UTRC), we modeled a Second Avenue network that would collect refuse, metal/glass/plastic and paper streams from residents, businesses, and pedestrians via a tube strapped beneath the temporary deck covering construction of the 96th St Station.  Waste materials produced by subway riders would be collected in a parallel tube running through the subway tunnel. The proposed network would also serve the 1500-unit public housing complex and a community hospital just north of the Station, supporting recycling efforts and eliminating the need for compactor yards and garbage truck access. We also modeled a pneumatic system that would use the High Line Park viaduct as a convenient way to collect refuse and recycling from the Chelsea Market complex, along with litter-bin material from the Park. The study compared impacts of current truck collection in both locations to the proposed pneumatic networks. The High Line study led to our initiative for the High Line Corridor.


All residential refuse from Roosevelt Island in New York City has been collected auto-pneumatically since 1975. We asked: Could the system be expanded to reduce truck traffic and position Roosevelt Island as a model for 21st century sustainable waste management?

Eliminating Trucks on Roosevelt Island for the Collection of Wastes” (2013) funding NYSERDA NYSDOT

On behalf of CUNY's University Transportation Research Center, Region 2 (UTRC), we analyzed the costs and benefits of alternatives for upgrading and expanding the existing system and compared them to the conventional truck-based alternative. The UTRC study was funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) through a program that explores innovative techniques to reduce transportation-related fossil fuel use and greenhouse-gas emissions.