Congratulations to the 2017 winners of the Women’s Transportation Seminar of Greater New York awards, including two members of the Rudin Center for Transportation family:
Lily Gordon-Koven and her team at the NYC Department of Transportation won the Innovative Transport Solutions Award for their work on Queens Boulevard Safety Improvement. Lily worked as a Graduate Assistant at the NYU Rudin Center during her studies at the NYU Wagner School, focusing on bicycle share and infrastructure.
Sutapa Bhattacharjee, Principal
Transportation Planner at the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, earned the prestigious Member of the Year award. Sutapa was a Rudin Center Emerging Leader in Transportation in the 2016 class.
Additional award winners are:
Employer of the Year – ARUP
Honorable Ray LaHood Award – Patrick A. Nowakowski, President, MTA Long Island Rail Road
Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership – Denise Berger, AIA, Assistant Chief Engineer, PANY&NJ
Congratulations to all. Information about the annual meeting on January 23rd is available here.
In the op-ed “A frontal attack on Midtown gridlock,“NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg lays out the agency’s battle plan to combat Manhattan street congestion “to keep people and goods moving as our city grows, sustaining the energy and dynamism that makes New York such a brilliant, uniquely attractive place to live and work.”
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.
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.
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.
Street life makes the city – just take a look at these Photoshopped images from artist Marc Yankus, currently on display at ClampArt gallery, 247 W 29th St. The artist shows NYC streets without people or cars “in an uncanny moment of stillness.” Click below to see more.
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
Panelists: 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