Category Archives: publication

Op-Ed: Rebuild Penn Station without uprooting the Garden

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.

Penn Station: Time to Get Moving

Announcing our newest report, Time to Get Moving: Improving commuter and intercity rail facilities and services on Manhattan’s West Side, written with Appleseed.

An excerpt:

“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.”

Download the report here: Time to Get Moving

Transit: The Gender Difference

Experiences in transit are as diverse as New Yorkers, and it’s time to call attention to the different ways genders approach transit in New York City.

NYU Rudin Center Assistant Director Sarah M. Kaufman has published a post in today’s Second Avenue Sagas highlighting these differences and recommended action plans.

Click here for the post.

Transit: The Gender Difference

Photo above by Thomas Hawk / Flickr

2015-2016 Rudin Center Highlights

The Rudin Center has had a busy academic year so far producing events, original research, and engaging activities.

Events:
In the past year, the Rudin Center hosted a wide-variety of events, including speeches by:

To see more recent Rudin events, click here.

Research:
The Rudin Center analyzes transportation policy and management in New York City and beyond. The results of our analysis is often published as a report or publication on the Rudin Center site.

Recent Reports:

Activities:
Just last month, the Rudin Center hosted the first ever NYC Bus Hackathon in partnership with the MTA and supported by TransitCenter. A full review of the event can be read here.

Press:
Rudin Center reports and publications are often cited in news articles. Additionally, Rudin Center staff are frequently asked for comment on transportation issues. Included below are some examples of press coverage:

  • Sarah Kaufman in Wired, “Google and the Feds Team Up to Build the City of the Future” (Link)
  • Mitchell Moss in AMNY, “L train could face Manhattan-Brooklyn shutdowns in 2017” (Link)
  • NYU Rudin Report in Politico New York, “NYU urban planners counter pope-visit gridlock predictions” (Link)

For more Rudin Center in the news click here.

What We’re Reading this Week

In case you missed it, the Rudin Center released a new report this week, entitled “Downtown Rising: How Brooklyn became a model for urban development.” For the full report, click here.
We’ve also been busy preparing for our Staten Island Bus Hackathon with the MTA a week from Saturday. For more information about the Hackathon take a look at our announcement post. And, finally, there’s a lot of transpo-related news to share this week–here’s what we’ve been reading:

  • Oculus, Centerpiece of Transit Hub and Selfie Magnet, Is Set to Open
  • Why is NYC MIA on the MTA Board?
  • MTA approves $202 million radio and dispatch contract
  • MTA to award additional $66M to Second Avenue subway project
  • One Day,625 Delays
  • This Danish city is so bike-friendly even kindergartners ride to school
  • Uber’s in India to Learn How to Rule the Rest of the World
  • NYU Rudin Center hosts “Downtown Rising”

    NYU Rudin Center hosted a panel discussing the decades of policies that enabled the success of Downtown Brooklyn. The panel featured:

    • Joseph Chan, EVP, Empire State Development Corporation
    • Regina Myer, President, Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation
    • Hugh O’Neill, President, Appleseed Inc.
    • Tucker Reed, President, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
    • Moderator: Mitchell L. Moss, Director, NYU Rudin Center for Transportation

    Congressman Hakeem Jeffries spoke about the importance of Brooklyn’s economy to the nation.

    To read the report, “Downtown Rising,” click here.

    Photos by Don Pollard.

    Downtown Brooklyn Rising

    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.

    Download the report here.

    DowntownBrooklynRising

    Updated: Mobility, Economic Opportunity and NYC Neighborhoods

    The NYU Rudin Center for Transportation has updated our January 2015 report: “Mobility, Economic Opportunity and New York City Neighborhoods,” focusing on the variations of job access by transit throughout New York City. The new edition includes this year’s new transit resources, such as the 7 line station and Select Bus Service routes.

     

    This research was supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and Google.

    World Trade Center Rebuilding Pays Off for Port Authority and the Region

    The general view of New Yorkers, the media, and the civic community has been that the rebuilding of the World Trade Center, while necessary, has come at a major cost to the Port Authority’s bottom line. Findings in a new report by the NYU Rudin Center, with the assistance of Appleseed, tell a different story: The World Trade Center project will ultimately generate enormous economic return for New York and the region, while preserving the Port Authority’s ability to invest in its core transportation assets.

    This analysis shows that the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is poised to recover nearly all – between 97.4 and 98.6 percent – of its anticipated $16.76 billion investment in the rebuilding of the World Trade Center, and confirms that the redevelopment of the site has already generated substantial benefits for the New York-New Jersey region.

    Utilizing a wide range of data sources, the Rudin Center report accounts for Port Authority reimbursements and revenue from various sources, including:

    • Insurance proceeds – from both the Port Authority and Silverstein Properties’ insurers
    • Post-9/11 federal funding
    • Revenues from One World Trade Center
    • Ground lease payments from Silverstein Properties
    • Payments by Westfield for rights to the World Trade Center retail space
    • Income from the sale or lease of the 5 World Trade Center site

    Read the report in full here: Surprise! World Trade Center Rebuilding Pays Off for the Port Authority – And the Region

    Politico: NYU urban planners counter pope-visit gridlock predictions

    “Despite predictions in the news media that a paroxysm of gridlock will grip New York City during Pope Francis’ visit, urban planning expert Mitchell Moss is offering an alternative to “the lunatics on Fox News”: We’ll be fine.

    “New York City will function quite well with the Pope in town,” Moss, the director of the Rudin Center for Transportation at NYU’s Wagner School, told POLITICO New York in an email. “NYC is not Philadelphia where they are closing interstates and towing cars already.”

    Moss and his colleagues Sam Levy, Jorge Hernandez, Jeff Ferzoco and Sarah M. Kaufman prepared a two-page brief with a map of the pope’s itinerary and the relative severity of delays for car travel, subways, buses and bikes.”

    Read more here.