Glenn Thrush, chief White House political correspondent for the The New York Times, delivered the keynote address at the NYU Rudin Center’s annual Excellence in Transportation breakfast on March 9, 2017. The event was held at The Modern.
New Yorkers’ unparallelled ingenuity is perfectly captured in the elaborate costumes and displays they assembled for Halloween. Because we at the NYU Rudin Center love both Halloween and transportation, we rounded up our favorite transportation-themed costumes:
And no round-up of Transpo-related Halloween costumes would be complete without including these three videos:
Video #1: Subway Lines on Parade (@NY1 on Twitter)
The subway letters and numbers – with the L train under construction. pic.twitter.com/iOLGpprwM8
— NY1 News (@NY1) November 1, 2016
Video #2: The Silver Surfer hits NYC Streets (@PrankvsPrank on Youtube)
And, lastly, this adorable stroller turned bus from a few years back:
Video #3: Stroller Bus (@The Saline Project on Vimeo)
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.
Alex Wagner, political commentator, spoke at this morning’s annual NYU Rudin Center Breakfast at The Modern.
Photos: Don Pollard
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:
All submissions can be viewed in the gallery.
The event was hosted by NYU Rudin Center Assistant Director Sarah Kaufman and TransitCenter Program Manager Tabitha Decker. The program featured several prominent presenters:
The hackathon submissions were judged by:
The hackathon was a highly successful event showcasing the importance and value of public participation in planning and the power of data-based solutions.
Photos below and at our photo gallery.
Shashi Verma, Director of Customer Experience at Transport for London, spoke at the Rudin Center on Wednesday, October 28th about London’s experience with next-gen fare collection systems, making the point that customers don’t want a ticket, they want transportation. During his time at TfL, Verma has focused on ways to drive down the costs associated with revenue collection and redirect those funds to improve the customer experience.
Verma’s presentation focused on how London has implemented contactless card payments and how this has and will continue to shape the London transit system. He noted that 20 percent of England’s contactless card transactions are TfL-related. The crowd was amazed to learn that riders are refunded automatically when they are significantly delayed by signal failures or other issues.
Photos by Don Pollard.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx visited the NYU Rudin Center on July 21st. He spoke about “Transportation, Social Mobility, and Cities,” on a panel with David R. Jones, President and CEO of the Community Service Society of New York, Sarah M. Kaufman, Assistant Director for Technology Programming at the NYU Rudin Center, and Patrick Sharkey, Associate Professor of Sociology at NYU. The panel was moderated by NYU Rudin Center Director Mitchell L. Moss.
The discussion focused on improving access to education and job opportunities, as featured in the Rudin Center report “Mobility, Economic Opportunity and New York City Neighborhoods.” Secretary Foxx shared his childhood experiences that led him to value the importance of transportation in upward mobility. Sharkey emphasized the need for low-income populations to escape clustering effects. Jones explained the exceptional difficulties faced by low-income workers trying to travel in NYC, and Kaufman recommended the use of data for intelligent transit planning.
Photos by Don Pollard.
Last night’s discussion about the future of the streetscape was exciting! We’re looking forward to a collaborative planning process for whatever comes our way. Thanks to our thoughtful and energetic panelists:
and thank you to the Van Alen Institute for the great photos and gracious hosting.