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New Report: Older New Yorkers and Access-A-Ride Forecasts

Following up on our Intelligent Paratransit report, “Older New Yorkers and Access-A-Ride Forecasts,” looks at the near-future mobility needs of seniors in New York City.

As the “baby boomer” cohort begins to age past 65, adults over the age of 65 are projected to reach 20% of the nation’s population by 2030.  However, many older New Yorkers are unable to use public transportation because of a lack of subway station accessibility. Instead, they rely on the Access-A-Ride (AAR) paratransit system, which provides door-to-door transportation for riders who are unable to use the buses or subways. AAR operations will cost a projected record $505.7 million in 2016.  Demand for AAR is expected to increase as the city’s population of older adults grows, presenting a significant challenge for mobility. This report attempts to forecast an increase in demand for AAR by location and make recommendations for accessibility reform.

Download the report: Older New Yorkers and Access-A-Ride Forecasts

Population density of 65+ New Yorkers in 2030
Population density of 65+ New Yorkers in 2030

Event: 2017 Outlook for the Intercity Bus Industry in the U.S.

Join us for the study release of the 2017 Outlook for Intercity Bus Travel in the United States, a new study by the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University. This program is hosted in partnership with The Chaddick Institute and with support from the New York chapter of the Transportation Research Forum.

Learn how the country’s travel landscape is likely to change in 2017 due to intercity bus expansion and hear about notable highlights of the past calendar year. In addition to commentary by DePaul professor Joe Schwieterman and Brian Antolin, this event will feature other prominent experts on bus travel and offer perspectives on the debate over the Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT) in New York. The technical tour will begin at the PABT one hour after the program ends.

January 13, 2017

Register here:

Rudin Center for Transportation at New York University | 295 Lafayette Street
12:00-1:30pm: Join the study team and event hosts for a buffet lunch (for purchase) followed by the official study release event. Speakers include Mitchell L. Moss, Director of the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation, and Joe Schwieterman, Director of the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development.

This event is free, with lunch available for purchase.

Port Authority Bus Terminal | 625 8th Ave
2:30-4:00pm: Following the Study Release event, an immersive tour led by Brian Antolin (industry expert and CEO of CoTo Travel), Joe Schwieterman (DePaul University), and Nicholas Klein (Columbia University) will highlight innovations and exciting advancements in bus travel. The tour will begin at the Port Authority Bus Terminal and will focus on key features of the PABT, the Megabus pickup locations near the Javits Convention Center (34th St. b/t 11th & 12th Avenues), and notable specialty lines operating out of Midtown Manhattan. Space is limited.

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Event: The Future of Citi Bike: Assuring Access to Low-Income Communities

DATE: November 17, 2016
TIME: 08:45am – 10:00am
LOCATION: Puck Building – The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl., 295 Lafayette Street, New York; NY 10012-9604


A panel discussion with:

Tracey Capers
Executive Vice President, Programs/Organizational Development, Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation

Elena Conte
Director of Policy, Pratt Center for Community Development

Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez
Chair – Committee on Transportation, New York City Council

Paul Steely White
Executive Director, Transportation Alternatives

Moderated by:

Mitchell L. Moss
Henry Hart Rice Professor of Urban Policy and Planning and Director of the Rudin Center for Transportation, NYU Wagner School

Event: Cities, Data, And Mobility: The NYC Experience

Date: 11/15/2016
Time: 8:45am – 10:00am
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl., 295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604

The  growth of NYC’s for-hire vehicle market means that the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission is gathering unprecedented amounts of trip data, yielding  a far more comprehensive view of how New Yorkers travel. The TLC uses this data to enforce consumer protections and safety requirements and to gain insight into emerging transportation models, accessibility and driver income. How can the public and private sectors use this data to inform policymaking?

Join us for a lively discussion.

Opening remarks: Meera Joshi, Commissioner and Chair, New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission

Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
Cordell Schachter, Chief Technology Officer, New York City Department of Transportation
Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer, City of New York
Anthony Townsend, Founder, Bits and Atoms

Moderated by Mitchell L. Moss, Director, NYU Rudin Center

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Photo: Michael Greenberg

NYU Rudin Center Emerging Leader Featured in NY Times

Adrian Untermyer, deputy director of the Historic Districts Council and alumnus of the NYU Rudin Center Emerging Leaders program, was featured in The New York Times today. He has organized the installation of a piano in the Port Authority Bus Terminal to make commutes more pleasant. As noted in the article, “Mr. Untermyer said he made connections that he used to advance the piano project when he had an Emerging Leaders in Transportation fellowship at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Management last fall.”

The NYU Rudin Center is proud of Adrian’s work and is looking forward to enjoying piano concertos in the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Read the full article here.

Announcing the Emerging Leaders in Transportation 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 class of Emerging Leaders in Transportation! We are thrilled to welcome these impressive individuals to the NYU Rudin Center to amplify their leadership skills, develop new ideas to bring to their workplaces, and create an innovator network among local transportation organizations. We can’t wait to see what they do.

Meet the Fellows:

  • Zak Accuardi is a program analyst at TransitCenter, where he conducts original research and figures out how to use data to improve planning and empower transportation advocates.
  • Michael Anderson uses big data and big money to improve accessibility, one taxi at a time, at the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission.
  • Candace Brakewood, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the City College of New York, where she teaches and conducts research in public transit and transportation planning.
  • Sutapa Bhattacherjee is a principal planner at the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority responsible for maintaining and updating the Congestion Management System of the agency.
  • Theodore Brown is a project manager at Intersection where he works on the LinkNYC deployment team and has focused his career on the interplay between people, place, and technology.
  • Anthony Burton is a Policy Analyst in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation where he works on the TIGER Discretionary Grants program and the Secretary’s pedestrian and bicycle safety initiative.
  • Holly Chase (MIT DUSP ’11) is a transit planner at Sam Schwartz Consulting who gets fired up about bike commuting, running marathons, and enhancing quality of life through transportation choice.
  • Jamison Dague is the Director of Infrastructure Studies at the Citizens Budget Commission, researching the MTA, Port Authority, and New York City and New York States departments of transportations and their facilities.
  • Marc Ebuña is a co-founder of TransitMatters, a Boston-based transit policy advocacy non-profit group focused on working with government and community leaders to win efficient, reliable, equitable transit service throughout Greater Boston.
  • Jacob Friedman is Product Principal at Via, where he works with Via’s partners in the public and private sector to incorporate Via’s on-demand transit technology into a range of applications.
  • Alexandra Gore is a transportation engineer at WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff, focusing on multi-resolution modeling and capacity analysis on projects of all sizes across the region, and recently completed her Master’s degree from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
  • Inna Guzenfeld is a planner, educator and historian, with a focus on waterfront development and ferry transit in New York City.
  • Jonathan Hawkins is a Senior Transportation Planner in Bus Service Planning at MTA New York City Transit; he has a master’s degree in urban planning from Rutgers University and prior experience in bicycle and pedestrian planning.
  • Shrisan Iyer is a plangineer at New York City Transit, working on sustaining and improving our public transportation system, while ultimately interested in making our city a better place to live and work.
  • Min Kim is the Supervisor of Ground Transportation Systems in the Aviation Department of the Port Authority of NY & NJ; currently pursuing an MBA at the Stern School of Business, she holds an masters in public policy and has experience in migration policy, urban issues and community development.
  • Nolan Levenson is a project manager at the New York City Department of Transportation’s Pedestrian Projects Group, where he designs and manages the implementation of projects that improve multimodal safety and quality of life throughout New York City.
  • Dennis Lytton is the Program Manager for Safety & Security at the American Public Transportation in Washington, DC.
  • Juan Martinez: Prior to serving as a member of NYC DOT’s policy office, where he works to advance Vision Zero, Juan was General Counsel at Transportation Alternatives
  • Carmen Oleksinski is part of the Strategic Initiatives group at MTA New York City Transit where she specializes in policy development, data analysis, and innovative projects that cross departmental borders; she has master’s degrees in transportation planning and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Melissa Plaut is a Program Analyst at TransitCenter; she previously worked at the on-demand taxi app, Hailo, and first became interested in transportation issues when she became a NYC yellow taxi driver – an experience she documented in a memoir, Hack, published by Random House.
  • Adam Popper is a Project Manager for the City of Toronto’s Transportation Services Division, and is focused on bringing about more sustainable and equitable cities through multi-modal transportation.
  • Renata Silberblatt is an urban planner interested in the intersection between transportation networks and community resiliency; prior to her current position as Policy Director of the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program at the [NYS] Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, she was the Senior Analyst at the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.
  • Seth Ullman is an Assistant Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation where he develops policies and plans that facilitate safe, efficient, and equitable mobility.
  • Jackson Whitmore recently graduated with an M.S. in Public Policy and Data Analytics from Carnegie Mellon and now works as an Associate Planner at Regional Plan Association.

The fellowship will be directed by Sarah Kaufman of the NYU Rudin Center.

This fellowship is co-sponsored by the University Transportation Research Center.

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: