High Line Corridor Network, Image: Caliper Architecture

High Line Corridor Network, Image: Caliper Architecture

After five years of research, ClosedLoops is transitioning from feasibility and cost-benefit analysis to pre-development planning for a demonstration project in one of New York City's fastest-growing neighborhoods.

In December, 2015 NYSERDA and NYSDOT awarded ClosedLoops a second round of funding to advance our proposal for a pneumatic network serving the High Line Park and adjacent buildings. The NYC Departments of Sanitation and Transportation were among those who supported this grant application. See the final report here. In January of 2019, the Initiative received official support from Community Board 4. The team is now preparing for the final stage of pre-implementation planning towards a go/no-go decision.

NYSERDA and NYSDOT Study Timeframe: April 2016 to October 2018

Project Team: Pneumatic engineering: Green Bending; Waste operations: Foodprint Group; Code compliance, design & visualization: Caliper Architecture; Real estate metrics: James Lima Planning + Development; Financial: Town Square Consulting; Public Policy: Mike Klein/Urban Strategies LLC

Project Partners: Pneumatic technology provider: MariMatic; Rail development provider: Rail Cents; AD technology provider: Impact BioEnergy

Public Agency Advisors: Mayor's Office of Sustainability; DSNY; NYC DOT.


Final Report

Letters of Support:

Community Board 4, Joint Letter from Elected Officials, Manhattan Borough President, Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (MSWAB)


Waste Dive 2019 Article

Villager Article

Waste Dive Article

Urban Omnibus Article

Volvo Research Foundation Report

DNAinfo: 'Giant Vacuum Cleaner' Could Replace Current Trash System on the High Line