Over 60% of disadvantaged community members in Long Island live within a ten-mile radius of UBS Arena close to Hempstead, Mineola, and Far Rockaway. Residents here suffer rates of underemployment, poverty, asthma, and single-occupancy travel much higher than state averages. They also lack efficient linkages between existing transit options which increases costs and reduces mobility. UBS Arena will serve as a zero-emissions transit hub to unlock the potential of the stadium and the potential of the community in solving these problems. Five new transportation services with 50 EVs will create much-needed first-last mile links, ADA paratransit, point-to-point rideshare, and employee transportation.
This project will create a dedicated charging and transit hub with 5 new zero-emissions services for 87 disadvantaged communities and their 142,000 residents, with a special focus on Hempstead Village. It will include a point-to-rail EV bus service for 10 different Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) stations, rail-to-rail EV bus service between 3 terminius LIRR stations, improved on-demand point-to-point ridesharing coverage, a pilot program to transport public workers to and from NTO, and a dedicated space to charge, park, and secure all of the vehicles involved in the above activities.