Recent Appearances


Bloomberg: Why New York's Summer of Hell Matters to More Than Just Commuters

June 22, 2017 - New York subway riders and commuters, already mired in a miserable year, are bracing for a summer like no other amid rising delays, service cuts and overcrowding. It all underscores the perils of under-investment in rail systems that should be key drivers of growth. What the heck is going on? Can anything be done? Two guests think they have the answers: Jim Venturi, creator of the ReThinkNYC plan to overhaul regional transport links, and Tracy Gordon, senior fellow at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. Scott hosts along with Bloomberg City Hall reporter Henry Goldman...


Jersey Digs: Visionary Transit Plan Rethinks Secaucus Junction, Makes It A Major Regional Hub

June 1, 2017 - New York City-based ReThink Studios has rethought the way transit could be organized, possibly providing a solution for the Tri-state’s transportation headaches. The ReThink NYC Plan 2050 was floated at a free forum at The Cooper Union on Tuesday, May 9th, and proposed combining bus and train networks into one regional system: “By rethinking how we invest in our public transit infrastructure, we can build a world-class region that makes it possible to get from anywhere to everywhere”...


CommonWealth Magazine: Penn Station Debate Offers Lessons for Boston

May 23, 2017 - New York City is having its own North-South Rail Link debate, just on a much bigger scale. State and federal agencies in New York are pushing for a $20 billion Gateway Tunnel project that would add more tunnels under the Hudson River and new tracks at Penn Station. But a Manhattan think tank called ReThink Studio says some tweaks to the proposal could ease congestion at Penn Station and dramatically expand capacity...


The Architect's Newspaper: New Petition Wants to Transform New York's Commuter Infrastructure

May 23, 2017 - The creation of a new or renovated Pennsylvania Station for New York has become a staple for the local daily news...


One Rail-Station Design May Be Just the Ticket to Ease Congestion

May 19, 2017 - ... For commuters who travel by train, here’s the bottom line on the end of the line: Terminal stations, where trains must reverse course to continue service, slow down travel. Through-running stations, where trains keep doing without changing direction, speed it up.
The difference affects how many people can funnel into a busy urban core during peak hours or pass through the city to reach other destinations. For that reason, manymetropolises opt for through-running stations.


An NYC think tank has a surprisingly simple solution to fixing Penn Station

May 16, 2017 - ... But one New York think tank has put together a grandiose vision that could go a long way in solving the problems currently associated with Penn Station. Over the last year or so, ReThink Studio, a local group that takes critical looks at some of the largest urban planning issues facing the city, has been pushing a plan aptly dubbed "ReThink NYC."


Could this 'visionary' plan solve the area's transit woes?

May 11, 2017 - With Penn Station's failing infrastructure at capacity, a plan to merge the area's train and bus service into one regional system is the cornerstone of an idea floated by a New York design firm as a solution to the region's commuting problems.


The right use for Rikers tomorrow: We have the opportunity to truly transform LaGuardia

April 12, 2017 - New Yorkers owe a significant debt to everyone who fought to transform #CloseRikers from a hashtag into the stated policy of New York City.

But this fight isn’t close to being over. The best way to ensure that our leaders actually follow through on their pledge is to provide an enormously compelling alternative use for Rikers Island.


Architect's Newspaper: Reserve your tickets now: How NYC could revolutionize its transportation network

April 5, 2017 - New York–based ReThink Studio is on a mission to transform how the Big Apple’s transportation system works, from the L Train shutdown to a new Penn Station and a vastly improved subway and regional train network.


CBS New York: More Tunnels Would Greatly Ease Service Problems At Penn Station, Experts Say

April 4, 2017 - A sobering thought for commuters inconvenienced by the derailment — experts said it would have been a relatively minor event if new tunnels had been built under the Hudson.


Architect's Newspaper: Coming to the Cooper Union: How NYC could revolutionize its transportation network

March 13, 2017 - New York–based ReThink Studio is on a mission to transform how the Big Apple’s transportation system works, from the L Train shutdown to a new Penn Station and a vastly improved subway and regional train network.


Crain's: How the New President Can Fulfill His Pledge to Improve Airports

November 20, 2016 - Even during a divisive campaign, Donald Trump kept saying something that was music to my ears: We must fix our airports. Singling out LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark airports, he lamented at the first debate, “Our airports are like from a Third World country..."


The Wall Street Journal: La Guardia's Runways Come Up Short

November 13, 2016 - When a jet carrying then-Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence skidded on landing Oct. 27 at La Guardia Airport, a debate reignited about whether the airport's famously short runways are safe enough...


The Architect's Newspaper: Penn Station Proposals Fail to Recognize Unique Opportunity to Improve Regional Transit

November 10, 2016 - The redesign of Penn Station offers not just a chance to raise the building’s roof, but is also a unique opportunity to unify the region’s disparate rail networks in a way that has not been possible in over a century...


CBSNY: Calls To Extend LGA Runways

October 28, 2016


Mass Transit Mag: L Train Alternatives to Consider During the Shutdown, from Wildest to Mildest

August 11, 2016 – c/o amNY: The L train shutdown will be sending hundreds of thousands of commuters off the rails between Manhattan and Brooklyn come 2019.  Planning firm ReThink Studio has proposed extending E train service...


amNY: L of an Idea! L Train Alternatives to Consider During the Shutdown, from Wildest to Mildest

August 9, 2016 – The L train shutdown will be sending hundreds of thousands of commuters off the rails between Manhattan and Brooklyn come 2019.  Planning firm ReThink Studio has proposed extending E train service...


BK Magazine: E Train Could Save L Train Riders and Finally Be Useful, Says Transit Group

July 29, 2016 - If you’ve scanned your eyeballs over any electronic screens recently, and you live in New York City, you’ll be aware that the MTA has decided to shut down L Train service...


DNAinfo: Run E Train on G Line During L Train Shutdown, Transit Advocates Urge

July 28, 2016 - It's no "giant inflatable condom" pedestrian tunnel or a gondola soaring over the East River, but rerouting the E train along the G line, could help...


Gothamist: Can An E Train Extension Mitigate The Coming L Train Shutdown Hell?

July 28, 2016 - The L train is completely suspending service for 18 months between Brooklyn and Manhattan starting in 2019, and while there's a persuasive case...


Achitect's Newspaper: Can the E Train Replace the L? Jim Venturi Explains How to Keep Brooklyn Connected - The Architect's Newspaper

July 26, 2016 – Fresh from devising a plan to re-imagine Penn Station and regional rail, Jim Venturi and his team at ReThink Studio are snapping at the MTA’s heels once again...


QNS: Design Studio Proposes E Train Extension

July 25, 2016 - It’s official. The MTA announced Monday that the L train’s Canarsie Tunnel will be closed for 18 months...


MY9NJ: The Debate Continues Over Where to Build a New Port Authority Bus Terminal

July 10, 2016


Architect's Paper: Jim Venturi and ReThinkNYC Want to Revolutionize How NYC Handles Train Infrastructure - The Architect's Newspaper

May 26, 2016 – Jim Venturi has a habit of being a rogue planner with his team at ReThinkNYC. Last year, he suggested using Riker’s Island to expand La Guardia airport and now he is taking on New York and New Jersey’s suburban rail network…


The New York Times: Thinking Big and Bigger About New York

March 25, 2016 - In November 2014, the Sunday Metropolitan section published an article about a man named Jim Venturi and his audacious plan to overhaul transit in New York. His ideas were big stuff: close Rikers Island and use the land for runways for La Guardia Airport...

Online Publications

amNY: Yes, the L train shutdown will be a pain if you live in Brooklyn or Manhattan. Let’s make the most of it.

August 1, 2016 - Last week, riders on the L train were treated to delays, mechanical and signal problems, and even a service suspension due to police activity...

Curbed: Stranded L Riders Could Find An Unlikely Savior in the E Train: Proposal

July 27, 2016 - On Monday, the MTA made the L Train shutdown official, a suspension of service between Brooklyn and Manhattan for 18 months starting in 2019...

Metro: L Train Alternative Proposes Rerouting E Line

July 27, 2016 - An East River gondola or even inflatable tunnel are just some of the far-fetched proposals made for when the L train shuts down...

Beyond Bars: Designers Reimagine Rikers Island as a Destination

February 29, 2016 - The 413-acre plot of city-owned land, most of it landfill, that makes up Rikers Island is known more...

The Great LaGuardia Debate

August 25, 2015 - Airport officials announced last month that New York's LaGuardia Airport would receive a $4 billion overhaul that would rebuild...

Fängelseflytt möjliggör omdaning av New Yorks infrastruktur

September 7, 2015 - Jim Venturi är skaparen av ReThinkNYC, ett förslag för att utveckla det existerande transportsystemet i New York...

A Different Idea for LaGuardia Airport

July 29, 2015 - It may be too late to pivot on the recently announced rebuilding of New York City's LaGuardia Airport, but Jim Venturi has some ideas...

Architizer: An Ambitious Plan to Overhaul NYC Transit

April 20, 2015 - New York City continues to be one of the most coveted places in the world to develop, build, and buy property, yet the region is more and more strained every day...

What if LaGuardia Airport Expanded Into The Bronx?

April 1, 2015 - In October, Governor Cuomo announced a competition to modernize four of New York's (ruthlessly plagued) airports...

A Radical Plan to Fix America's Worst Airport

November 25, 2014 - A few weeks ago, we asked you to name the worst airport in America. It was a seemingly crowded field, but in the end, there was no competition...

TV Appearances and Lectures

Could Rikers Island be used for LaGuardia Airport Redevelopment?

July 30, 2015

ReThinkNYC Presentation at Stockholm NYC

April 10, 2015

Brian Lehrer's Transportation Special

April 9, 2015

A Vision for an Improved LaGuardia

August 14, 2014

Awards and Recognition

James Parks Morton Promise for the Future Award

May 26, 2015

Print Media

Rikers Reimagined: Innovative Ideas to Turn the Infamous Island Into a New York Destination - Crain's

February 28, 2016 - Come stroll with us along 413 acres of city-owned waterfront property. Don't mind the incessant roar of planes and the stench of the mudflat at low tide. Check out that breathtaking skyline view. From Gov. Andrew Cuomo to the New York Times and Crain's editorial board, heavyweights are lining up to slam the door once and for all on the Rikers Island jail complex...

New York Has Much Bigger Transportation Problems Than Just LaGuardia Airport - Business Insider

August 11, 2015 - Last month, US Vice President Joe Biden joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York to unveil a much needed $4 billion renovation to New York's "third world" LaGuardia Airport. Criticism of the plan to revitalize New York's smallest and most despised airport came quickly...

Instead of Closing LaGuardia, Let's Fix it and Close Rikers - The Architect's Newspaper

July 15, 2015 - I bring up Rikers and LaGuardia because they are within 200 feet of each other, but otherwise a world apart. The abuses at Rikers show New York at its worst, but an expanded LaGuardia could be the world’s leading airport. LaGuardia is the smallest of the tri-state area’s three airports and very difficult to get to via mass transit...

The Approval Matrix: Week of April 6, 2015 - New York Magazine

April 6, 2015 - The crazy-ambitious ReThinkNYC proposal to expand LaGuardia by subsuming Rikers Island.

Thinking Big. Then Thinking Bigger. - The New York Times

November 7, 2014 - Jim Venturi has a big idea, and it led him, on a recent afternoon, to a lush strip of overgrown vegetation in the South Bronx, through a gap in the wire fence, past a sign saying to keep out, past abandoned furniture and an empty homeless encampment...

ReThink Studio

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