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.
New York City’s bid to host the 2012 Olympics resulted in a spate of new development, despite the selection of London as the host city. The NYU Rudin Center report, “How New York City Won the Olympics,” describes how the 2012 plan shaped development and transformed major areas of New York City.
The NYU Rudin Center’s report, “Mobility, Economic Opportunity and New York City Neighborhoods” was featured in The New York Times this week. The article applied lessons learned from New Yorkers living in transit deserts to those dreading the L train’s impending closure.
Sarah M. Kaufman, NYU Rudin Center assistant director, commented in the article: “‘It is a perpetuating cycle because rents are closely correlated to transit access’ … adding that people with long commutes often face hardships like higher child care costs because they get home later.”
The Emerging Leaders in Transportation fellowship program aims to enhance the toolkit of early-career employees to make transportation more efficient, effective and people-oriented.
In this competitive fellowship program, participants will learn from top transportation and management professionals to enhance leadership skills, communication techniques and policy work to bring innovative ideas into practice.
The 2016 program will take place on December 1 and 2 at the NYU Rudin Center, 295 Lafayette Street, NY, NY. The agenda includes:
A half-day leadership session, where emerging leaders will collaborate on long-term leadership goals
A behind-the-scenes visit to a major transportation facility for hands-on learning about industry goals and challenges
A networking reception with 2014 and 2015 Emerging Leaders cohorts
A half-day leadership session focused on developing innovative projects and ideas within an organization
Lunchtime networking opportunities
Discussion topics will include: leadership, innovation, communications, building support for innovation, and practical applications. Sessions will include talks from and with esteemed professionals and group discussions and exercises. Participants will develop plans to introduce innovative solutions or concepts within their workplaces.
View a recap of last year’s fellowship program here.
NYU Rudin Center Assistant Director Sarah Kaufman spoke with Popular Mechanics on Facebook Live yesterday. The conversation covered gridlock, bikes and driverless cars while sitting in traffic. Check out the video here:
Mitchell L. Moss, NYU Rudin Center Director, and Hugh O’Neill, founder and president of Appleseed, wrote an op-ed in today’s Crain’s New York, “Forget romantic fantasies—rebuild Penn Station without uprooting the Garden.” (link)
Here’s an excerpt:
There are well-meaning groups who believe we should tear down the current structure, move Madison Square Garden, and start over. Simply put, this is too expensive and disruptive an option for achieving most of the same goals by modernizing the existing facility at far lower cost and with far less disruption.
Read the full piece here; Read the related report, “Penn Station: Time to Get Moving,” here.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx at the NYU Rudin Center’s “Transportation, Social Mobility and Cities” panel on July 21, 2015. Photo: Don Pollard http://wagner.nyu.edu/rudincenter/news/u-s-secretary-of-transportation-anthony-foxx-at-nyu-wagner/
NYC Transit President Ronnie Hakim and NYU Rudin Center Director Mitchell L. Moss – NYU Rudin Center Breakfast at The Modern on March 10, 2016. Photo: Don Pollard http://wagner.nyu.edu/rudincenter/2016/03/alex-wagner-speaks-at-rudin-center-breakfast/
Tabitha Decker (TransitCenter) and Sarah Kaufman (NYU Rudin Center) – Staten Island Bus Hackathon, March 5, 2016 http://wagner.nyu.edu/rudincenter/2016/03/a-groundbreaking-hackathon/
NYU Rudin Center Emerging Leaders Field Trip to the Rail Control Center, November 2015. http://wagner.nyu.edu/rudincenter/2015/11/program-re-cap-emerging-leaders-in-transportation-2015/
The NYU Rudin Center’s current work surrounds “Intelligent Paratransit,” a project to re-frame mobility for the elderly and disabled using modern ridesharing technologies.
Through this work, the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation aims to find technological solutions to making paratransit across the country more cost- and time-efficient, and a better experience for its customers. We are analyzing paratransit systems worldwide, evaluating potential improvements for reservations, dispatch and routing, and recommending strategies for incorporating new technology into existing systems.
The NYU Rudin Center hosted advisory group sessions to discuss the implications of changes and advances in policy, technology, and operations as they apply to paratransit in the US and collaborate on potential solutions. The project advisory group consists of stakeholders from the public, private, non-profit and advocacy sectors.
The Intelligent Paratransit report will be released in the summer of 2016.