The High Line railroad viaduct was built in 1934 to bring freight into and out of the city; in 2009 it became one of the City's most visited parks.
The High Line runs through the Chelsea Market complex, which produces 10 tons of waste every day.
What if we could use the underside of the High Line to reduce heavy truck traffic in the neighborhood?
On behalf of CUNY's University Transportation Research Center, Region 2 (UTRC), we 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 to proposed pneumatic network.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) funded this UTRC study through a program that explores innovative techniques to reduce transportation-related fossil-fuel use and greenhouse-gas emissions.