All posts by Sarah Kaufman

Announcing NYC’s First-Ever Bus Hackathon

MTA New York City Transit, TransitCenter and the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation will hold the first-ever New York City Bus Hackathon on March 5, 2016. Participants will use ridership and performance data to inform and improve bus route planning. This event will build upon the MTA’s study of Staten Island bus service and will shape local data-centric transit planning in the future.

Participants will be tasked with developing proposals for a reconsidered network of express and local buses on Staten Island. MTA New York City Transit will provide unprecedented data sets, including ridership data for express routes and comprehensive archival performance data from BusTime for express and local routes. The best solutions for faster, more reliable transit for Staten Island will be rewarded and presented to local officials.

Please join us:
Saturday March 5, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
NYU Rudin Center for Transportation: 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

Click here to register. This event is open to the public, but requires pre-registration by February 20.

This event is organized in partnership with TransitCenter and the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation, and generously sponsored by TransitCenter. Additional support is provided by Google and CartoDB; technical assistance will be available from both organizations at the event.

 

 

Save the Date: Bus Hackathon

Join us on March 5th to rethink NYC bus planning for the 21st century. Save the date for a TransitCenter and NYU Rudin Center hackathon in partnership with MTA NYC Transit. More information and registration coming soon.

Saturday, March 5, 2016
9:00 a.m.
NYU Rudin Center for Transportation: 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC

Updated: Mobility, Economic Opportunity and NYC Neighborhoods

The NYU Rudin Center for Transportation has updated our January 2015 report: “Mobility, Economic Opportunity and New York City Neighborhoods,” focusing on the variations of job access by transit throughout New York City. The new edition includes this year’s new transit resources, such as the 7 line station and Select Bus Service routes.

 

This research was supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and Google.

World Trade Center Rebuilding Pays Off for Port Authority and the Region

The general view of New Yorkers, the media, and the civic community has been that the rebuilding of the World Trade Center, while necessary, has come at a major cost to the Port Authority’s bottom line. Findings in a new report by the NYU Rudin Center, with the assistance of Appleseed, tell a different story: The World Trade Center project will ultimately generate enormous economic return for New York and the region, while preserving the Port Authority’s ability to invest in its core transportation assets.

This analysis shows that the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is poised to recover nearly all – between 97.4 and 98.6 percent – of its anticipated $16.76 billion investment in the rebuilding of the World Trade Center, and confirms that the redevelopment of the site has already generated substantial benefits for the New York-New Jersey region.

Utilizing a wide range of data sources, the Rudin Center report accounts for Port Authority reimbursements and revenue from various sources, including:

  • Insurance proceeds – from both the Port Authority and Silverstein Properties’ insurers
  • Post-9/11 federal funding
  • Revenues from One World Trade Center
  • Ground lease payments from Silverstein Properties
  • Payments by Westfield for rights to the World Trade Center retail space
  • Income from the sale or lease of the 5 World Trade Center site

Read the report in full here: Surprise! World Trade Center Rebuilding Pays Off for the Port Authority – And the Region

Event Announcement: PERIPHERAL PROPOSALS : Models for Commuting from the Margins

Monday, November 9
7:00pm—9:00pm
Van Alen Institute
30 W 22nd Street, New York, NY

Subways are the primary mode of transportation in New York, but we need new ideas for atypical travelers: those who live on the city’s geographic and social edges. From off-the-grid dollar vans and mobile apps for commuters with limited accessibility, to ambitious proposals to connect the boroughs’ coastlines along ferry routes, we’ll explore how ad-hoc systems, new technologies, and innovating with antique infrastructure can expand transit equity.

Participants: Eric Goldwyn, journalist; David R. Jones, president & CEO, Community Service Society; Sarah M. Kaufman, digital manager and assistant adjunct professor of planning, NYU Rudin Center for Transportation; Joanne Rausen, assistant commissioner, data & technology, NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission; Douglas Adams, Waterfront Alliance

The discussion will also include new ideas from the NYU Rudin Center’s Emerging Leaders in Transportation Fellows.

This event is presented in partnership with the Van Alen Institute.

Purchase tickets here. Students qualify for free entry; please contact the Rudin Center for more information.

Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez Releases Report at the NYU Rudin Center

New York City Council Member and Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez spoke at the NYU Rudin Center this morning. He released a report, “Next Stop: Making Transportation Safe and More Efficient.” His multi-point plan for improving transportation safety in the city includes parts of Sam Schwartz’s Move NY traffic congestion plan, improving subway naming and platforms, and implementing taxi driver safety measures.

Photos by Don Pollard.

Politico: NYU urban planners counter pope-visit gridlock predictions

“Despite predictions in the news media that a paroxysm of gridlock will grip New York City during Pope Francis’ visit, urban planning expert Mitchell Moss is offering an alternative to “the lunatics on Fox News”: We’ll be fine.

“New York City will function quite well with the Pope in town,” Moss, the director of the Rudin Center for Transportation at NYU’s Wagner School, told POLITICO New York in an email. “NYC is not Philadelphia where they are closing interstates and towing cars already.”

Moss and his colleagues Sam Levy, Jorge Hernandez, Jeff Ferzoco and Sarah M. Kaufman prepared a two-page brief with a map of the pope’s itinerary and the relative severity of delays for car travel, subways, buses and bikes.”

Read more here.