Announcing our newest report, Time to Get Moving: Improving commuter and intercity rail facilities and services on Manhattan’s West Side, written with Appleseed.
“The approach to redeveloping the Farley Building and Penn Station that has been presented by Governor Cuomo, Empire State Development, Amtrak and the MTA offers a real opportunity to dramatically improve the facilities and services available to both commuters and intercity rail passengers traveling into and out of Manhattan. Critical issues must still be addressed: achieving the right balance of public and private investments, bringing New Jersey Transit into the process, the sequencing of proposed improvements, etc. But there is now a framework within which these issues can be addressed and resolved.
Moving Madison Square Garden and building an entirely new Penn Station would be far more expensive, and finding the billions of dollars in additional capital required to finance such a project would be extraordinarily difficult, if not impossible. New rail tunnels under the Hudson and adequate funding of the MTA capital program are both essential to the future of New York City and to the economic vitality of New York State and New Jersey. A new Penn Station does not even come close. It’s time to move on.”
The Staten Island Bus Hackathon, organized by the NYU Rudin Center, TransitCenter and the MTA was a resounding success and an unprecedented event. Held on Saturday, March 5th, It was highly attended and produced many implementable solutions.
Approximately 150 participants – coders, planners and other interested attendees – joined the event held at LMHQ in Lower Manhattan. Fifteen proposals for reforming Staten Island Bus service were submitted and presented.
Three prizes were awarded:
Grand Prize: “How to Optimize Express Bus Routes in Staten Island,” by Sri Kanajan (link)
Best Solution for Express Bus Service: “Better Than The Subway,” by Colin Foley, Maria Carey, Raymond Cha, Larry Gould and David McCreery (link)
Best Solution for Local Bus Service: “Buses in SI,” by Austin Krauza, Jenny Ye, Adam Davidson, Sunny Zheng and Steve Bauman (link)
“This Saturday, New York transit officials, civic-minded technologists, and transportation planners will gather for an unprecedented workshop and competition: the first-ever New York City Bus Data Hackathon.
In partnership with MTA-New York City Transit and NYU’s Rudin Center for Transportation, TransitCenter has invited tech- and transportation-savvy New Yorkers to propose more effective routes for local and express buses operating on Staten Island, whose residents endure some of thelongest average commute times in the country. Participants will have access to detailed bus route ridership, performance, and population data to craft their proposals.
“For many Staten Islanders, the daily commute continues to go from bad to torturous,” said Staten Island Borough President James Oddo. “With Saturday’s Hackathon, data analysts, transit planners, and others–some Staten Island residents and some not–will get a chance to look at the data and take a crack at generating new and creative proposals to improve the quality of our bus service.” Oddo will attend the event and give opening remarks to commence the day’s proceedings.
The Hackathon is the latest project in TransitCenter’s long-term organizational commitment to improving urban mobility in New York City, where the foundation is based and has its institutional roots. (The initiative is one of our four core program areas, and the only one focused on a specific city.) New York City Transit, which operates over 3,000 buses during rush hour serving more than 700 million annual riders, has a strong transit infrastructure that is naturally poised to benefit from data-driven analysis of current service. Recent bus network redesigns in cities such as Houston and Fort Lauderdale have allowed transit agencies to maximize the usefulness of their existing fleets and provide riders faster and easier transit service. With the goal of achieving similar improvements in New York City, the Hackathon brings to network planning a fun, competitive approach similar to theMTA’s annual App Quest event for transit app developers.
The best solutions for faster, more effective transit on Staten Island–which, despite population growth and changing travel patterns, has not seen its bus network updated in decades–will be rewarded and presented publicly to borough residents at a later date and may inform the MTA’s ongoing Staten Island Comprehensive Bus Study.”
Of the many changes that have reshaped New York City during the past fifteen years, few have been as dramatic and as consequential as the emergence of Downtown Brooklyn as a major center of innovation, economic growth, and cultural development. “Downtown Rising: How Brooklyn became a model for urban development” examines the ongoing transformation of Downtown Brooklyn, why and how it has happened, and its implications for the borough and the city.
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. LMHQ: 150 Broadway, 20th Floor, New York, NY
Click here to register. This event is open to the public, but requires pre-registration.
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.
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.