Arena Transit Hubs for an Equitable, Inclusive, Low-carbon Future
More than 60% of disadvantaged communities in Long Island live within ten miles of UBS Arena by Hempstead, Mineola, and Far Rockaway. Residents suffer much higher rates of underemployment and poverty than state averages and are geographically and economically constrained without public solutions for the first and last mile.
The UBS Arena Fleet Hub unlocks the potential of the arena and the potential of the community in solving these problems by removing high-cost utility and property infrastructure barriers to EVs and charging while launching four new direct transportation services.
These services leverage medium-duty and heavy-duty (MD/HD) EVs in creating first-last mile links, Americans with Disability Act (ADA) paratransit, and employee transit, improving quality of life and socioeconomic opportunity by enabling people to travel farther more affordably and access greater employment, educational, and community resources. The project creates $14 million in wages, supports 2.8 million passengers each year, and generates social cost savings of $4.7 million displacing diesel fuel.
UBS Arena will be a dedicated charging and transit hub with five new zero-emissions services for 87 disadvantaged communities and their 142,000 residents with a special focus on Hempstead Village. Our goal is to account for the great diversity in individuals while addressing the identified challenges and providing long-term value to all stakeholders. We will accomplish this by creating:
- Dedicated point-to-rail EV bus service for 10 different Long Island Railroad (LIRR) stations to solve first-last mile gaps, including dedicated ADA point-to-rail paratransit to ensure LIRR is a viable intra-island option
- Dedicated rail-to-rail EV bus service between three terminus LIRR stations, connecting all three schedules to provide greater schedule density and improve point of origin and destination optionality
- Greater on-demand point-to-point ridesharing coverage with a dedicated EV rental marketplace for community members only to provide access to opportunities in a high growth industry
- A pilot program to transport public workers to and from NTO, reduce congestion, and encourage employers to create carpooling programs
- A dedicated space to charge, park and secure these vehicles at UBS Arena which can also be used to educate residents and encourage adoption by local businesses with demonstration programs
Rides will be subsidized by 50% for the entire three-year program period at minimum and enable residents to reach more opportunities by traveling further, faster, and at lower cost with more reliability. Offsetting high rates of automobile use and diesel bus use will save $4.5 million in social emissions costs over 10 years.