All posts by Sarah Kaufman

Driverless Cars Symposium

We participated in yesterday’s symposium about Driverless Cars hosted by Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President. Panelists included William Carry, NYC Department of Transportation; Jeff Garber, NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission; Brad Stertz, Audi; and Sarah M. Kaufman, NYU Rudin Center for Transportation. The panel was moderated by Johanna Bhuiyan, Recode.

Watch the event video:

New Report: Intelligent Paratransit

Our new report, Intelligent Paratransit, is available for download here.

Executive Summary

As Americans aged 65 or older increase from fifteen to twenty percent of the population by 2030, cities across the United States will face a transportation crisis. Urban residents who are physically unable to use public transportation, including the disabled and mobility-impaired elderly, are offered paratransit services. These paratransit systems, as required by an unfunded 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act mandate, are enormous, and growing annually in new applications and budget requirements.

Paratransit demand is growing nationwide and costs continually increase (now $5.2 billion nationwide); the user experience is often reported as poor. To address efficiency and user experience, this report assesses the state of paratransit, analyzes innovative solutions in three cities and recommends potential technological solutions. The Intelligent Paratransit Technological Upgrade Framework includes improvements in the areas of Onboarding, Reservations, Dispatch & Routing and User Experience. Key technological recommendations include:

  • Ride reservations should be available through multiple channels: phone, apps, SMS messaging, physical infrastructure on the street and wearable technology for riders.
  • Paratransit agencies must collaborate with taxis and app-based car services, including Uber, Lyft, Via and SilverRide, to integrate efficient services.
  • Services connecting riders to transit should feature real-time, in-vehicle data integration with transit services to optimize accessibility of trips.
  • As cities grow in language diversity, paratransit vehicles should feature on-board translation apps and call-in numbers to better service all riders.

By applying new technological systems to a 26 year-old mandate, paratransit services can be made more efficient and provide a better customer experience. In New York City, these upgrades could save the agency up to $133 million per year. Improving mobility solutions for the elderly and disabled is possible, necessary and urgent.

Reimagining Southwest Brooklyn

The NYU Rudin Center for Transportation hosted Reimagining Southwest Brooklyn last week. Chris Ward of global engineering firm AECOM presented a redevelopment plan that would add thousands of residential units to the Brooklyn waterfront and a subway connection to lower Manhattan.

Read the Southwest Brooklyn study here.

NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission Hackathon

Help NYC TLC provide more public data – identify potential privacy risks in public taxi datasets!

The TLC has been a pioneer in sharing big data since 2010. With over 21,000 licensed vehicles equipped to capture GPS-enabled trip records. TLC’s trip data are valuable for policy makers, scholars, businesses and urban planners. Earlier data releases included anonymized vehicle and driver identifiers, but in 2014 they were de-anonymized and published. In response, we stopped releasing these identifiers altogether, which limits the data’s usefulness.  TLC would like you help to re-release this information in the most efficient manner possible.

Read contest rules and more information at the hackathon website.

Hopscotch: Los Angeles’ In-Vehicle Opera

File under: only in L.A. Hopscotch, the opera, took place in 24 coordinated vehicles on the move through the city.

“You’re invited into a car not knowing the destination. The car starts moving and suddenly you’re drawn into the story with singers and musicians that are in the car with you. And as they drive through the city, activity will be happening all around you.”

SubwayDoodle

For our inaugural post on our Webfeed, we’re sharing the most clever transportation art in a while: SubwayDoodle‘s imaginings on Instagram. See just a few of his creations below.

#subwaydoodle #subway #doodle #swd #nyc #iphone #android

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#Monday But the week gets better! This Thursday, Subway Doodle is part of the Strictly New York 3 group show! Event link in my bio. The show features the world premiere of Subway Doodle prints! There are only 9 of them! Only 9 world premiere prints! There will never be another world premiere! Never. Ever. Strictly New York 3: The NYC Hustle 1080 Wyckoff Ave, New York City, NY 11385-5757 OPENING RECEPTION: AUGUST 25th, 2016 6-10PM ($5 admission) The NYC Hustle integrates a representation of the backbone to a city that doesn't sleep: it's daily grind. From bodegas, to construction workers, to entrepreneurs- New Yorkers are known for their fast paced, go-getter state of mind. With the dangerous speed in which our city is undergoing gentrification, artists of various media capture this daily Hustle and those that are keeping New York in its organic form. Featuring: John Ahearn Demi Vera Josh Wildman Doper Jones Klops Liv Hoffman MRS Austin Pinon Subway Doodle Jarret Robertson Plasma Slug Christy Bencosme duendita Shadow of Loaf Muzik Kidz in Brooklyn Scott Hisley Laurie Markiewicz Josh Rivera Cindy Caroli Rashedul Deepon Jhon Coley Wright MUSIC BY: UPTOWN VINYL SUPREME Refreshments will be provided (The show will be up till August 27th) Organized by: @funkthesoul and @marriajuanita #NYChustle #strictlyny #nycevents #artshow #queens #brooklyn #art #nycsummerevents #bushwickevents #subwaydoodle #subway #doodle #nyc

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#subwaydoodle #subway #doodle #swd #nyc #statenislandferry #statenisland #kraken

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#subwaydoodle #subway #doodle #swd #nyc #houston #nasa #houstonwehaveaproblem

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L Train Closure: CityLab Coverage

The NYU Rudin Center’s report “L Train Closure and Mitigation,” was covered in CityLab last week.

“MTA and city leaders had better get a game plan in place, according to the report’s authors. They suggest some obvious steps, such as bolstering subway service on other lines, ramping up the frequency of ferry connections, and adding high-speed bus service over the Williamsburg Bridge during peak hours. Increasing car-share options and creating partnerships with the likes of Uber and Lyft should also be on the table.

And, as the authors point out, the L train closure might also be an opportunity to pursue some outside-the-box transit improvements, like a scooter share system modeled after San Francisco’s and even a high-speed gondola.”

Read the full article here.

L Train Closure and Mitigation

The L train tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn will close fully to trains for 18 months in 2019 to repair extensive damage from Superstorm Sandy.  The L has become synonymous with the Brooklyn brand; ridership at Brooklyn’s Bedford Avenue station has increased more than thirty percent since 2010.

The NYU Rudin Center addresses the effects of this closure in our newest report, “L Train Closure and Mitigation,” written by Mitchell L. Moss, Sarah M. Kaufman, Jorge Hernandez and Sam Levy.

This report analyzes how the L train’s surrounding Brooklyn communities will absorb the economic impact of this tunnel closure: jobs, commutes dining and nightlife will be affected, and recommends mitigation measures.

Download the report [pdf]

Read the Wall Street Journal coverage.