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April 30, 2010 @ 12:00 am EDT
On this date we had a last minute cancellation from our speaker, but managed to have a fruitful and interesting meeting in spite of that. In the rare instances where we encounter speaker issues, we hold a roundtable discussion on a topic of interest, usually related to one of LIMBA’s development goals. In this case we addressed the prospects for local implementation of magnetic levitation transport (MAGLEV). In light of the Long Island Rail Road’s impending purchase of lightweight self-propelled cars to preserve east end service, we kicked around where would be the best place to install a demonstration project that would provide real value.
The Port Authority is reviving the Cross Harbor Rail Float operation, and the Bay Ridge branch of the Long Island Rail Road could be used to move cars from the float bridge to the New York and Atlantic yard at Fresh Pond. Revamping the Greenport to Ronkonkoma line was also discussed. As a home grown technology, we discussed the prospects for domestic production of this high speed, high capacity infrastructure component as opposed to importing other countries’ high speed rail technology and materials.
We also went around the room and introduced our selves and our businesses. A couple notable folks and businesses were Ray Palumbo and Jaime Rodriguez from AT&T Advertising solutions. Who knew AT&T sold Search Engine Optimization? Peggy Sutherland gave us some insight on her business, Long Island Science, which is currently working on radiation exposure management solutions for Brookhaven National Labs. A fascinating topic very important to the workforce out there.