Trading Long Island Gridlock for Cleaner Communities



Car Free Day LI and LI Mobility Week Kicks-Off with VIP Panel Discussion on the Future of Long Island’s Transportation System

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 @ 11:00am


The economic shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic took cars off the road and brought fresh, clean air to Long Island (North East experienced a 30 percent reduction of emissions according to NASA). Sustainable transportation will help restore at least some of those gains, while getting the wheels of economic recovery moving.


Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Phillip Eng, President of MTA/LIRR, will be joined by Jack Khzouz, CEO NICE Bus, Joseph Brown, Commissioner Suffolk County Public Works and Dr. William Lowe of Northwell Health to talk about a future for Long Island with less single-use cars, cleaner air and more resilient communities.  This virtual “conversation” is the centerpiece of Long Island’s annual Mobility Week, including Car Free Day Long Island, a global movement to advance sustainable transportation.


This “conversation” will highlight the sustainable transportation innovation on the horizon for Long Island, as well as what is happening right now to keep transit safe. In conjunction with the kick-off, a week of free virtual webinars and outdoor socially distanced events delving into sustainable transportation, resilient communities and economic development is planned.



  • Nassau County Executive Laura Curran
  • Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone
  • Phillip Eng– President MTA, Long Island Rail Road
  • Joe Brown, P.E – Suffolk County DPW Commissioner,
  • Jack Khzouz CEO- NICE Bus
  • Dr. William Lowe- Northwell Health
  • Co-Chairs of Car Free Day LI – 511NY Rideshare, Paul Spreer + Transit Solutions, Mindy Germain (moderator)



Today, Tuesday, September 22 @ 11:00am
Mobility Week runs Sunday, September 20 – Saturday, September 26



Register Here – Virtual Zoom platform


About Long Island Mobility Week:

Launched two years ago by the US Green Building Council Long Island Chapter (USGBC-LI) in partnership with Car Free Day Long LI, Long Island Mobility Week is a week-long series of sustainable transportation activities and events engaging leaders in government, academia, transportation and planning,  culminating with Car Free Day Long Island.


About Car Free Day Long Island:

Car Free Day is an international event celebrated every September in over 3,100 cities in over 50 countries around the world.  Long Island will observe the 8th Annual Car Free Day LI on Friday, September 25, 2020, encouraging people to drive less and get around through transit, bicycling, walking; vanpooling and also telework for people who can work from home.  Car Free Day gives people the opportunity to reflect on the negative impact of single-occupancy vehicles and to use alternatives that help reduce traffic and harmful emissions, conserve energy and reduce parking problems.




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