Category Archives: technology

What We’re Reading This Week

What we’ve read online this week:

  • Uber rolls on after cap is called off (Link)
  • Now that marijuana legalization is sweeping the nation, this new app helps users decide when they’re sober enough to get behind the wheel (Link)
  • NYC losing residents due to high cost of living (Link)
  • Experts cite the mileage fee over the gas tax as the best way to finance highways  (Link)
  • Brooklyn and Bronx elected officials voice importance of Uber to their boroughs’ residents (Link)
  • Can street art be the new sleeping policemen in the fight against speeding? (Link)
  • Transportation is now a central topic of conversation within local politics. (Link)

And a reminder: applications for the Emerging Leaders program are due next week. (Link)

Photo: “Beijing Traffic” by Sofia Osman                                                                  Post By: Sean Lewin

What We’re Reading This Week

What we’ve read online this week:

    • Uber launches a “DeBlasio option” to protest potential new caps on service in NYC (Link)
    • Select Bus Service grows throughout the city (Link)
    • From Rockefeller and Lindsey to Cuomo and De Blasio, the battles continue (Link)
    • Citations for public urination, mapped (Link)
    • This app makes cars into app platforms (Link)
    • Subway etiquette, bike etiquette, and now, pedestrian etiquette (Link)
    • Meet the man behind the voice of “Stand clear of the closing doors.” (Link)
    • In case you missed it, we hosted a hackathon with NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission and Google. Here’s the video of that event:

Photo Above By: Nick Harris                                                                                          Post By: Sean Lewin

What We’re Reading This Week

What we’ve read online this week:

  • The importance of building Hudson River rail tunnels (Link)
  • Microtransit: A combination of public transit and Uber (Link)
  • New traffic signals for cyclists in London (Link)
  • An app to make parking less painful (Link)
  • Planning for the good and bad of electric tricycles in the Philippines (Link)
  • Our report on Citi Bike, and its low female ridership, was featured in The New York Times(Link)
  • The report was also highlighted in a Pix11 report; here’s the video:


Photo Above By: Sean Batten                                                                              Post By: Sean Lewin

What We Read Last Week

What we read online last week:

  • Smart Cars on rails?  (Link)
  • Citi Bike in the hot seat on uptown expansion (Link)
  • What’s the history behind your neighborhood’s name?  (Link)
  • Are companies like Uber and Lyft responsible for NYC’s recent rise in congestion?  (Link)
  • More than 700 hidden miles of NYC are ripe for development (Link)
  • Building efficiency in public construction for NY State  (Link)

Photo Above By: CTA Web

By: Sean Lewin

What we’re reading this week

What we’re reading online this week:

  • Central and Prospect Park rush hour car traffic is reduced (Link)
  • Charter Bus startup looking to fill in transit gaps for residents of the outer boroughs (Link)
  • 3D print a bridge for your city (Link)
  • MTA Bus drivers conduct protest while on the job, clogging up parts of the city   (Link)
  • UES bicycle hit-and-run leads to offer of safety classes (Link)
  • De Blasio and Cuomo differ on picks for MTA board (Link)

And in case you missed it, we’ve launched our applications for this year’s Emerging Leaders in Transportation program. See more information here.

Photo: Traffic in Kuala Lumpur by Michael Loke

By: Sean Lewin

The Future of the Streetscape Photos

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:

  • Sean Basinski, Director of the Street Vendor Project
  • Neil Giacobbi, Executive Director, Public Affairs, AT&T
  • Stacey Hodge, Director of the Office of Freight Mobility, NYCDOT
  • Jeff Risom, Partner and Managing Director, Gehl Studio
  • Dani Simons, Director of Corporate Communications & External affairs, Motivate
  • Rodney Stiles, Director of Research & Evaluation at New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission
  • Anthony Townsend, Senior Researcher at NYU Rudin Center for Transportation
  • Moderator: Sarah Kaufman, Assistant Director for Technology Programming, NYU Rudin Center for Transportation

and thank you to the Van Alen Institute for the great photos and gracious hosting.

Taxi Shift-Change Hackathon: Event Recap

The NYU Rudin Center joined forces with NYC’s Taxi and Limousine Commission to help resolve the taxi shift-change issue- when taxis are unavailable between 4 and 6 p.m. due to driver handoffs of vehicles. The hackathon took place on April 11 at the Rudin Center, under the sponsorship and technical guidance of Google.

Data scientists, civic hackers, graphic designers, analysts, government policymakers, and statistics hobbyists gathered to discover solutions to the taxi gap, which is estimated to miss out on about 11,000 rides daily.

We’ll post some of the solutions soon (the hackers are still hacking!), but in the meantime, here are some pics of the event:

 

NYC TLC Commissioner Meera Joshi kicked off the event, sharing the challenges and concerns of her agency; NYU Rudin Center Director Mitchell L. Moss discussed the importance of taxis to mobility in NYC; NYC TLC Director of Research and Evaluation Rodney Stiles presented the event-related data and the shift-change issue specifics.

The 40 hackers plugged away all day long, sharing results along the way.

 

Participants were treated to a Q&A with current taxi drivers, who added the on-the-ground perspective to this work.

NYC taxi drivers respond to participant questions at the NYC TLC Shift-Change Hackathon on April 11, 2015.
NYC taxi drivers respond to participant questions at the NYC TLC Shift-Change Hackathon on April 11, 2015.

 

The NYU Rudin Center is thrilled to have hosted this first event of its kind. We hope that in the future we can help connect the public sector with smart, thoughtful individuals to work toward  solutions for civic issues.

Thanks to our participants, the NYC TLC and Google.

 

Event: The Future of the Streetscape

Please join the NYU Rudin Center and the Van Alen Institute on June 11 for an evening of discussion:

How will the streetscape look and function in 20, 50, and 100 years?

The urban streetscape is facing increasing demands for space from a variety of users – pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, a spike in deliveries to homes and offices, food trucks, mobile commercial spaces, and more – without recalibrating the permitting or design. Join us for a series of presentations that ask urban planners, designers, architects, and others: What is the street of the future? We’ll review new visions for pleasant, productive streetscapes that balance the needs of transportation infrastructure, commercial activity, and residents young and old.

Sarah Kaufman, Digital Manager, and Anthony Townsend, Senior Research Scientist, will present at the event on behalf of the Rudin Center, along with esteemed professionals from throughout the transportation and tech fields.

Tickets and more information are available here: https://vanalen.org/events/on-the-street/

Students: Please email the Rudin Center for discounted tickets.

Image above via Flickr user Mel Schmidt

 

The Rudin Center in the News

The NYU Rudin Center has appeared in the press recently, discussing policy, tech and social media:

  • Smart buses and public transportation can be compatible – Sarah Kaufman in Wired. (link)
  • How NYC “has merit as a subject of art” – Mitchell Moss in the Wall Street Journal. (link)
  • Benefits of Citi Bike’s weekend reset – Mitchell Moss in The New York Times. (link)
  • Social media keeps transit riders informed – Sarah Kaufman in Government Technology. (link)
  • Anthony Townsend named to Chicago’s Internet of Things Council – Chicago Tribune. (link)

Image above: Interior of Leap Bus, via Wired.