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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.

New report: Making Sense of the New Urban Science

Dr. Anthony Townsend, Senior Researcher at the NYU Rudin Center, has released a new report, “Making Sense of the New Urban Science.”

He writes, “The world’s leading universities have embarked on a building boom for urban research. What does it mean for the future of cities?”

“If present trends continue, by 2030, new urban science institutions could connect thousands of researchers and students, and represent more than $2.5 billion in current and future investment.”

Click here to read the report. (pdf)

Timeline of New Urban Science Institutions  from "Making Sense of the New Urban Science."
Timeline of New Urban Science Institutions from “Making Sense of the New Urban Science.”

Citi Bike: The First Two Years

Cyclists have taken more than 13.6 million trips on Citi Bike since its launch in May 2013. Bike share has become an integral part of New York’s transportation culture; a new report from the NYU Rudin Center, “Citi Bike: The First Two Years,” analyzes Citi Bike’s success and offers policy suggestions for the future.


Image above: NYC DOT Flickr

New Report: The Role of Design-Build Procurement

Revitalizing. Rebuilding. Rethinking. New York infrastructure needs improvement and expansion. Greater investment is likely required and current tax dollars must be used more effectively. One solution: Design-Build.

This report is meant to shed light on the history, implementation, and outcome of Design-Build construction, and to make recommendations on where this process might provide a more efficient and effective method for investing public resources in infrastructure projects throughout the state.

Click here to download the report.

80 Bicicletas

We’re proud to announce the publication of Sarah Kaufman’s essay, “Citi Bike Y Pantaloncillos” (Citi Bike and Pantaloons) in the new book La Vuelta al Mundo en 80 Bicicletas (Around the World in 80 Bicycles). The essay describes gender disparities in Citi Bike usage and how they relate to the women’s liberation movement of the 1890s.

The book is available here.


Mobility, Economic Opportunity and New York City Neighborhoods

In January 2015 The NYU Rudin Center for Transportation released a new report: “Mobility, Economic Opportunity and New York City Neighborhoods,” (updated in November) focusing on the variations of job access by transit throughout New York City.

Although public transit provides access to jobs throughout the New York City region, there are actually substantial inequalities in mobility. By focusing on the neighborhood level, the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation has identified communities that are substantially underserved by the public transportation system.

“In New York, mass transit is the path to economic mobility, not education,” Mitchell Moss, Rudin’s director, told the Wall Street Journal. “It’s far more important to have a MetroCard than a college degree.” (Gothamist)

In New York City neighborhoods where people are heavily dependent on transit but access to jobs via train or bus is mediocre, 67 percent of workers commute by transit. In these areas the average income is lower than the city average, at $46,773, and the unemployment rate is 11.7, the highest in the city.

“It’s exactly these commuters, who live just beyond the reach of convenient transit but lack the resources to own a private car, who could benefit most from improvements to the city’s transit network.” (Streetsblog)

The report recommends that policymakers increase the number of transportation modal options across the city, maximize use of existing transportation infrastructure, and foster the ability to work remotely. These solutions will benefit all New Yorkers’ access to job opportunities and economic improvement.

“We need to link transit to areas that aren’t likely to get a new subway system — using … a variety of buses, more customized buses to link people to the mass transit system,” [Moss] says. “In some cases it’s getting people to mass transit that’s the challenge.” (Vox)

This research was supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and Google.


New Report: Re-Programming Mobility

Anthony Townsend’s new report on the future of transportation:

“With generous support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management has developed a set of four alternative future scenarios set in a selection of representative U.S. metropolitan areas in 2030. Based on our synthesis of current and anticipated technological innovations and expert speculation on their impacts from over 150 source documents, these scenarios highlight:

  • likely and possible shifts in the market for mobility, public financing schemes, and the overall structure and function of the U.S. transportation system at a metropolitan level,
  • the kinds of organizational changes that transportation regulators, funding agencies, and public planning institutions need to begin preparing for now, and
  • the kinds of skills and practices that might be required of transportation planners in the future.”

Read more on the project website.