Sponsored by the Rudin Center and by the University Transportation Research Center
Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm Location: 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue
Join the NYU Rudin Center to learn about the frontiers of transportation in this sixth event of the Short Talks, Big Ideas series. Speakers will deliver lightning presentations about their work and ideas, followed by networking and refreshments. We guarantee the audience will learn something new.
Confirmed Speakers: John Biggs, TechCrunch – “Mytro” Arlene Ducao, MindRider – Brain wave-tracking bike helmets Richard Dunks, NYU CUSP – Water Street Corridorscope Malinda Foy, MTA Bridges and Tunnels Neysa Pranger, Control Group – Beacon technology for transit Paul Salama, WXY Architecture + Urban Design – Green loading zones Jose Soegaard, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance – Development of the NY/NJ waterfront
Moderator: Sarah Kaufman, NYU Rudin Center for Transportation
“No one receives a social penalty for aggressive driving, and only rarely a legal penalty,” writes Tom Vanderbilt, NYU Rudin Center Visiting Scholar, in The New York Times. Read his full piece about the psychological aspects of attaining Vision Zero here.
Announcing the NYU Rudin Center’s new fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Transportation.
In this fellowship program, participants will learn from top transportation and management professionals to enhance leadership skills and policy work to bring innovative ideas into practice. During three half-day sessions, emerging leaders will build long-term leadership goals and will focus on developing innovative projects and ideas within an organization.
The three half-days will cover:
- Leadership and Transportation - Leadership and Innovation - Building Support for Innovation
Sessions will include talks from esteemed professionals and group discussions and exercises. Participants will be expected to complete assignments between sessions, and by the program’s conclusion, should have a plan to introduce an innovative solution or concept within their workplaces.
Join the NYU Rudin Center on a musical journey as we explore all the transportation songs known to Spotify. Whether you’re a fan of Gladys Knight, Arcade Fire or MIA, you’ll surely find a plane, train or automobile tune that works for you. The playlist is collaborative, so feel free to add your own tunes! We’ll add along the way.
Image at top: Gabriel Royal, NYC Subway Cellist // flickr: Dan Nguyen
Special thanks to NYU Rudin Center intern Andrew Poeppel for compiling the playlist generated by Rudin Center employees and students past and present.
Where can you use your cell phone underground? Here’s a map to show you which 37 subway stations are wired for access. According to MTA and Transit Wireless, the consortium responsible for building out the access, the 241 remaining underground stations will come online within four years.
Chris Whong, Socrata, explored the notion of hardware-based taxi hailing devices, bringing the internet of things to the urban street corner.
Florent Pyre, Placemeter, discussed Placemeter Speedbuster, a crowdsourcing initiative that allows citizens to let city agenciesidentify traffic hotspots that warrant additional stop signs, speed bumps, or traffic patrols by placing a small sensor in their windows and leveraging computer vision.
Joe Dack, NYC DOT, discussed freight activity and give an overview of solutions that organizations can adopt to reduce the impact of freight activity in the urban area.
Did you know people post Yelp reviews of subway stations? Here’s a map of NYC’s busiest subway stations, created by our summer intern Andrew Poeppel. Click on the stations (numbered by busiest) to see their Yelp rating, reviews and more.
Last week I attended the Personal Democracy Forum, an annual two-day symposium on the intersection of technology and politics, and often the source of much rabble-rousing in online rights. This year’s theme was “Save the Internet / The Internet Saves,” referring to the massive data-gathering of online records by government contrasted with the frequent positive interactions and movements only made possible by the internet’s connectivity.
I had the pleasure of participating in the conference as one of fifteen Google PDF Fellows who, like me, believe in the power of the internet and open data to make our cities and countries better places to live, work and get around. That Microsoft and Google were major sponsors of a conference on individualized web rights speaks volumes about the current push-pull relationship between simultaneous calls for personal privacy and government transparency.
That push-pull exists widely in transportation as well: We do not want our movements tracked, but we want Uber cars on demand. We want real-time information about how many people are in a station, but don’t want our own MetroCard swipes made public. We want traffic data, but don’t want our phones constantly being pinged for motion detection.
When it comes to transportation, we are often being tracked more than it seems, and up to this point, it has worked out to our benefit. Significant sets of transportation data, including procurement practices and taxi trips, should still be opened quickly and in digestible formats to take us to the next level of smart mobility.
However, privatized modes constitute a growing sector of transportation, including Uber, ZipCar and corporate shuttle buses. None of those modes are legally required to disclose data, but imagine if they did: perhaps cities would be more amenable to the working e-hail model, residents of congested cities could be incentivized to car-share rather than own, and road use fees could be charged appropriately to private buses to help pay for public ones. In a disaster, such as after a storm that knocks out a city’s subway system, data on all of these modes would help mobilize the city to ensure that residents can get to home, work and safe spaces.
It’s time to embrace these private transportation providers as important transportation networks while also requiring them to provide open data, for the greater good of urban mobility.