Director of NYU's Rudin Center Interviewed On Cost Overruns for Tappan Zee BridgeDirector of the NYU Wagner Rudin Center For Transportation Policy and Management, Elliot Sander, was cited in a recent article in The Journal News newspaper. Describing cost overruns for repair work on the Tappan Zee Bridge, Sander said, �There are times where cost overruns can be justified. On the other hand, there are times when you have a bad contractor or engineering plans have not been done right, where you should not be having a cost overrun.� Sander, former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation, noted that repair work on the Tappan Zee would be more complicated than building an entirely new bridge as the officials have to coordinate repair work and traffic flow patterns.
Elliot G. Sander Appointed to National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Finance CommissionOn February 13, 2006, NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management Director Elliot Sander was appointed to the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Finance Commission, a United States Congressional Commission. This commission was created by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users and enacted into law as Public Law 109-59.
47th Annual Forum of the Transportation Research Forum (TRF)NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management is co-sponsoring the 47th Annual Forum of the Transportation Research Forum (TRF) on March 23rd, 24th, and 25th at NYU Kimmel Center. The Annual Forum showcases a diverse set of papers and presentations that provide a unique perspective on the issues facing the transportation system today. Major themes of the conference includes breaking down institutional barriers to better transportation policies, making more efficient use of our transportation system, the public/private choice in the ownership and operation of transportation systems, and accommodating the explosive growth in global trade. Registration is required, day-of event registration also available. For additional information on registration, individual sessions and forums, please visit http://www.trforum.org/forum/2006/schedule.php.
Partnerships for New York Innovative Transportation Financing and Contracting Strategies: Opportunities for New York State (March 8, 2006)Across the U.S., many states and transportation authorities are exploring innovative financing and contracting mechanisms that can improve the efficiency, flexibility, and accountability of capital project management. This conference, sponsored by the New York State Department of Transportation, examined �Transportation Development Partnerships� around the country, and the issues and best practices New York State should keep in mind as it considers how it might authorize similar partnerships. The conference was intended to inform key policymakers and stakeholders on the use of Transportation Development Partnerships, their value, when and where they are appropriate, where they have been successful, and how they can be structured to protect the public interest. The conference featured expert speakers from universities, civic organizations, consulting firms, financial institutions, and federal and state agencies. It was attended by approximately 275 people. For additional information on this event please visit http://utrc2.org/events/past.php?viewid=125.
Less Traffic, More Life, A Visiting Scholar Seminar with Enrique PeñalosaOn March 22, 2006, the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management at New York University (NYU) Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, Transportation Alternatives and The New York City Streets Renaissance Campaign will be hosting a visiting scholar seminar with Enrique Pe�alosa, renowned urban planner, economist and former Mayor of Bogot�, Colombia. Pe�alosa will discuss why he chose to improve the streets to make wonderful spaces for pedestrians and bicyclists. He will explain how these changes led to less traffic and more productivity and human happiness. The event is from 8:30 am to 10:00 am, and will take place at NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, Rosenthal Pavillion, 10th Floor. Admission is free and RSVPs are requested by March 20th to: firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-629-8080.
Annual Leadership in Transportation Awards ReceptionOn February 28, 2006, the NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management and The Council on Transportation will be hosting the Annual Leadership in Transportation Awards Reception. This year�s honorees include Michael Ascher, former President of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, and Transportation Consultant Robert Olmsted for their substantial achievements throughout their careers. Other honorees include Mark Muriello, Assistant Director of Operations Support for Tunnels, Bridges & Terminals of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey for the Public Servant Award, and New York Metropolitan Transportation Council for the Public Agency Award, which will be accepted by Joel Ettinger and Gerry Bogacz. The reception will be from 6:00 to 8:00pm, and will take place at NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, Rosenthal Pavilion. The reception is by invitation only. For more information, email email@example.com, or call 212-998-7545.
Well-Measured Transportation Planning, a seminar with Todd Litman, Founder and Executive Director of Victoria Transport Policy InstituteOn February 23, 2006, the NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management and Transportation Alternatives will be hosting �Well-Measured Transportation Planning,� a seminar with Todd Litman, Founder and Executive Director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute. Mr. Litman will discuss several approaches to measuring and targeting transportation system performance. To what degree are walking, cycling, and public transit travel undercounted in travel surveys and undervalued in economic analysis? And how can the accessibility benefits of smart growth land use reforms be evaluated? The event is from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. and will take place at NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, Room 914. Seating is limited. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call My Linh H. Nguyen-Novotny at (212)998-7545 by February 17, 2006.
Elements of Success for High-Speed Rail Projects in the United StatesOn February 21, 2006, Dr. C. de Cerre�o will be giving a presentation on Elements of Success for High-Speed Rail Projects in the United States at the University of Delaware�s Public Policy Forum, �Building Inter-Metropolitan Rail Corridors.� Attendees to the forum will include individuals from the private and public sectors related to rail corridor planning, operations, policymaking, research, and advocacy. Other speakers include Bruce Agnew of the Cascadia Center in the Pacific Northwest, Gene Skoropowski of the Capital Corridor Joint Powers Authority in California, James RePass, President & CEO of the National Corridor Initiative, and David Gunn, former President of Amtrak.
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High Speed Rail in Florida: Lessons and Themes for Consideration for Other High Speed EffortsOn January 24, 2006, Allison L. C. de Cerre�o, Ph.D., Co-Director of the NYU Wagner Rudin Center and Research Scientist and Assistant Research Professor at NYU Wagner, presented a peer-reviewed paper, High Speed Rail in Florida: Lessons and Themes for Consideration for Other High Speed Efforts, at the Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C. The Annual Meeting draws roughly 10,000 professionals in all fields of transportation, from academe and research, consulting and other transportation business firms, and from federal, state, and local agencies both nationally and internationally. For further information, please visit the Transportation Research Board�s website.
The High Cost of Free Parking, A Visiting Scholar Seminar with Donald C. Shoup, UCLAOn December 16, 2005, the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management at New York University (NYU) Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the University Transportation Research Center, Region 2 will be hosting a visiting scholar seminar with Donald C. Shoup, Professor of Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. Professor Shoup will discuss how New York City and surrounding communities can cope with complex parking issues. The event is from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, and will take place at NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, 4th Floor. Registration is required. To register by web, please visit http://www.utrc2.org or email email@example.com. See brochure for further information.
Rebuild and Renew New York Transportation Bond ActOn October 25, 2005, the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management at New York University (NYU) Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service will be co-hosting a public forum on the �Rebuild and Renew New York Transportation Bond Act� with the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA. The event will be held at NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, Room 914, 9th Floor from 5:30 � 7:00pm. The event is free and open to the public. Valid ID is required. For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 998-7545.
NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management was awarded $214,379 by the New York Metropolitan Transportation CouncilOn September 8th, 2005, NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management was awarded $214,379 by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) for a transportation planning study to identify areas for enhanced regional coordination in transportation and land use. The year-long effort will assess the specific areas where such coordination is most urgently needed and benchmark practices in this region with what metropolitan areas are doing elsewhere around the country.
The 6th Annual Tri-State Transit Symposium; Critical Issues: National and Regional Transit Security and the Financial Future of Transit in the RegionThe Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management at New York University (NYU) Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service will hold the 6th Annual Tri-State Transit Symposium on Tuesday, October 18, 2005. The focus of the symposium will be, �National and Regional Transit Security and the Financial Future of Transit in the Region.� To register, please return registration form (see registration brochure) with payment to: The 6th Annual Tri-State Symposium � NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012. Fax: (212) 995-4611. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and must be received by Tuesday, October 11, 2005.
Panel Discussion and Performance on Leadership, Performance, and Social ChangeThe Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA) at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the Center for Art and Public Policy at the Tisch School of the Arts are hosting �Leadership, Performance and Social Change: the Art of �Acting� in the World� on Friday September 16th.
Wagner Faculty Update - Dennis C. SmithDennis C. Smith, Associate Professor of Public Policy, continues his work on public sector performance evaluation.
Wagner Professor Jo Ivey Boufford Works on Teacher Training Initiatives in Global HealthJo Ivey Boufford, Professor of Public Service, Health Policy and Management After finishing her term as Wagner Dean, Jo Boufford spent her 2004 sabbatical working with the Gates Foundation on developing a new global health leadership initiative with a focus on Africa.
Education Week Highlights Study by Institute for Education & Social PolicyOn May 11th, Education Week ran a story entitled "Urban Districts Create 'Subsets' of Schools: In Effort to Raise Scores: Select Groups Receive Attention, Resources" that prominently featured results from a study produced by the Institute for Education & Social Policy.
NYU Wagner Professor de Cerreño to Present on a Panel for the Federal Highway AdministrationOn May 18, 2005, Allison L. C. de Cerre�o, Ph.D., Co-Director of the NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management will be presenting on a panel for the Federal Highway Administration�s online Talking Freight Seminar Series.
Furman Center and the New York Times co-host "VU2005: The Economics of Residential Real Estate"The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy and New York Times co-host VU2005: The Economics of Residential Real Estate. The issues discussed included the rise and influence of international buyers in New York City, the effect of interest rates on market strength, and the stability of the housing market.
Sachs Speaks at Wagner Conference
On March 25, 2005, the International Public Service Association, Office of International Programs and various student groups, hosted an event on, �The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): Lessons, Opportunities, and Challenges.� The keynote address was given by Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on the MDGs and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia. Sachs, a world-renowned economist, presented his views on achieving MDGs based on his new book, The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time (Penguin, 2005). He emphasized that solving the worst problems of the world�s poorest people is technically and financially attainable, but requires renewed commitment to act.