What we’re reading this week:
- Citi Bike shares future plans with upper Manhattan residents. (link)
- How much is enough for the MTA? (link)
- Central Park South creating shadows with emerging billionaires row (link)
- Chicago claiming the crown to number of bike-share stations (link)
The NYU Rudin Center’s Study, “Mobility, Economic Opportunity and New York City Neighborhoods,” was featured in the New York Times on May 7, 2015 in the article, “Transportation Emerges as Crucial to Escaping Poverty,” focusing on access to jobs and opportunities.
- Download the report: NYU Rudin Job Access Report
- Download the report appendix: Job Access Neighborhood Factsheets
- View the interactive map: http://wagner.nyu.edu/rudincenter/job-access/
We’re proud to announce the publication of Sarah Kaufman’s essay, “Citi Bike Y Pantaloncillos” (Citi Bike and Pantaloons) in the new book La Vuelta al Mundo en 80 Bicicletas (Around the World in 80 Bicycles). The essay describes gender disparities in Citi Bike usage and how they relate to the women’s liberation movement of the 1890s.
The book is available here.
Image above: Cardboard apartment, via Andere Achterhuizen on Flickr
This is what we’re reading this week on the web:
- New Yorkers are ditching buses for subways (link)
- Middle East politics: now arriving at a station near you? (link)
- Afghan girls, forbidden from riding bikes, are skateboarding instead. (link)
- A MetroCard redesign we’re excited about (link)
- The bright lights of NYC may dim (link)
- Cortland St. station on 1 line receives a long overdue facelift (link)
Compiled by Sean Lewin, research assistant.
Image above: Cars being transported across Ireland in 1950, via the National Library of Ireland on Flickr
- The LaGuardia Airport renovation is in jeopardy, again. (link)
- Indego, Philadelphia’s new bike share, opens today with 600 bicycles; users are encouraged to wear helmets. (link)
- A new United Nations-adjacent residential tower will feature full-floor “floating gardens.” (link)
- Cargo bikes are the new minivans. (link)
- The hipster express: more L trains to start running this fall. (link)
Thanks to Sean Lewin, our new research assistant, for compiling this list.
The NYU Rudin Center joined forces with NYC’s Taxi and Limousine Commission to help resolve the taxi shift-change issue- when taxis are unavailable between 4 and 6 p.m. due to driver handoffs of vehicles. The hackathon took place on April 11 at the Rudin Center, under the sponsorship and technical guidance of Google.
Data scientists, civic hackers, graphic designers, analysts, government policymakers, and statistics hobbyists gathered to discover solutions to the taxi gap, which is estimated to miss out on about 11,000 rides daily.
We’ll post some of the solutions soon (the hackers are still hacking!), but in the meantime, here are some pics of the event:
NYC TLC Commissioner Meera Joshi kicked off the event, sharing the challenges and concerns of her agency; NYU Rudin Center Director Mitchell L. Moss discussed the importance of taxis to mobility in NYC; NYC TLC Director of Research and Evaluation Rodney Stiles presented the event-related data and the shift-change issue specifics.
The 40 hackers plugged away all day long, sharing results along the way.
Participants were treated to a Q&A with current taxi drivers, who added the on-the-ground perspective to this work.
The NYU Rudin Center is thrilled to have hosted this first event of its kind. We hope that in the future we can help connect the public sector with smart, thoughtful individuals to work toward solutions for civic issues.
Thanks to our participants, the NYC TLC and Google.
Please join the NYU Rudin Center and the Van Alen Institute on June 11 for an evening of discussion:
How will the streetscape look and function in 20, 50, and 100 years?
The urban streetscape is facing increasing demands for space from a variety of users – pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, a spike in deliveries to homes and offices, food trucks, mobile commercial spaces, and more – without recalibrating the permitting or design. Join us for a series of presentations that ask urban planners, designers, architects, and others: What is the street of the future? We’ll review new visions for pleasant, productive streetscapes that balance the needs of transportation infrastructure, commercial activity, and residents young and old.
Sarah Kaufman, Digital Manager, and Anthony Townsend, Senior Research Scientist, will present at the event on behalf of the Rudin Center, along with esteemed professionals from throughout the transportation and tech fields.
Tickets and more information are available here: https://vanalen.org/events/on-the-street/
Students: Please email the Rudin Center for discounted tickets.
Image above via Flickr user Mel Schmidt
The NYU Rudin Center for Transportation seeks enrolled or incoming graduate students to work as research assistants starting in fall 2015.
The Rudin Center for Transportation at NYU’s Wagner School aims to strengthen our understanding of all modes of transportation through research, public forums, and educational programs. Current areas of focus include: Information technology and transportation systems, inequality and access to employment, urban bike share systems and the future of supercommuting.
RAs are responsible for assisting in background research, data analysis, writing, event planning, and web content, depending on organizational needs.
Candidates do not need direct job experience, but should be interested in transportation in cities. RAs must work a minimum of 12 hours per week.
Interested applicants should exhibit 2-3 of these skills:
- Data analysis, terminology and applications
- Knowledge of or experience in transportation planning
- Strong writing skills
- Ability to communicate with variety of stakeholders
- Event planning and coordination
- Policy research
- PowerPoint/Keynote and presentation development
- GIS and spatial analytics, including ArcGIS
- Microsoft Excel
Please highlight relevant skills and your degree of proficiency in your resume or cover letter.
Interested candidates should email the required documents below as attachments to rudin [dot] center [at] nyu.edu with the subject line “RA Application.”
- Current resume
- Cover letter
- Writing sample (1-3 pages or URL)
- Portfolio of relevant web-based, design, programming, or data visualization work (not required)
New York University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
The NYU Rudin Center presented our Transit Access and Jobs report and map at the NY Hall of Science’s Big Data Fest this weekend. Sarah Kaufman (Digital Manager) and Jorge Hernandez (Research Assistant) met a variety of people both casually and professionally interested in big data; many of them had stories about how their commutes affected their job opportunities.
Thanks to all who stopped by to talk!