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What We Read Last Week

What we read online last week:

  • Mapmaking: A future $100 billion business (featuring NYU Rudin Center alum Chris Whong) (Link)
  • An app built to help the taxi industry compete in e-hails (Link)
  • Vision Zero’s positive progress (Link)
  • Bike Valets: The new office perk? (Link)
  • Should Uber fares help subsidize the MTA? (Link)
  • Cheaper gas and a stronger job market may be contributing to a nationwide increase in traffic? (Link)
  • Paris will stop all traffic for one day in September (Link)
  • “Manspreading” is now officially a word, according to Oxford Dictionaries (Link)

Photo above by: Danny Kim                                                                                            Post By: Sean Lewin

What We’re Reading This Week

What We’ve Read This Week:

  • “The city’s for-hire vehicle cap is a terrible idea, and not just because of how it will hamstring Uber” (Link)
  • Can taxi carpooling help reduce NYC congestion?  (Link)
  • BART’s system may have become too complicated for locals to use (Link)
  • A look inside the MTA’s ancient control system (Link)
  • Citi Bike arrives in Queens (Link)
  • Map: NYC subway deserts (the areas not reachable by subway) (Link)
  • How significant was New York’s LaGuardia problem? (Link)

Photo Above By: Robert Couse-Baker                                                                     Post By: Sean Lewin

What We’re Reading This Week

What We’ve Read Online this Week:

  • NY’s hottest subway stations, mapped (Link)
  • Jamaica Station surroundings to receive face lift to attract tourists (Link)
  • Should the new LaGuardia Airport be renamed?  (Link)
  • Avoiding interaction with your phone while driving might not be enough to keep you from getting distracted by it (Link)
  • Many DC Metro cars contain asbestos (Link)
  • Bikers everywhere are worshipping this “cycling superhero” – video below: (Link)


Photo Above by: Jeremy Segrott                                                                                 Post By: Sean Lewin

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.”

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