Category Archives: transit

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:

  • In case you missed it, we’ve mapped out the history of NYC’s pride parade (link)
  • Say goodbye to the Crown Victoria; the Taxi of Tomorrow is coming  (Link)
  • NY’s bus ridership might be decreasing, but Boston’s is booming  (Link)
  • What effect will self-driving cars have on companies like Uber and Zipcar?  (Link)
  • DC aiming to be a hub for transportation innovation  (Link)
  • It takes a village to find a parking spot (in Brooklyn) (Link)
  • Philadelphia’s bikeshare is wildly popular (Link)

Photo By: Solenne Durand                                                                                              Post 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

What we’re reading this week

What we’ve read this week:

  • “The architecture becomes a solution to an almost unsolvable puzzle.” Designing 2 World Trade Center (Link)
  • Citi Bike to release new fleet of upgraded bikes (Link)
  • Staten Island pushes for travel by Tram (Link)
  • Old subway photos show packed train cars in vintage form (Link)
  • An underground park could be making its way to the LES, pending Kickstarter donations (Link)
  • Transit travel is severely limited by the shortage of wheelchair accessible subway stations, as shown on this map (Link)

Photo By: IamNigelMorris                                                                                              By Sean Lewin

What we read last week

What we read online last week:

  • Highways and bridges in search for improvements as House passes short term bill                                                                                             (Link)
  • Futuristic island park sails into Hudson River Park                                   (Link)
  • New high-speed commute that will help you avoid Long Island beach traffic (Link)
  • 2nd Ave subway shows off fresh design and rat-free stations  (Link)
  •  San Francisco could face major remodeling in the face of the I-280 teardown.           (Link)
  • Check your news feed while keeping your eyes on the road? New distracted driving technologies abound. (Link)
And: don’t forget to sign up for our June 11 event about the future of the streetscape. More info here.
By Sean Lewin
Photo above by Robert McEwen

Subway Manners

 It has become a trend in many major Metropolitan cities to make riders aware of proper subway etiquette.  Below are several Subway Etiquette advertisement posters to inform  from New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago and Tokyo.  The first two ads were part of an etiquette campaign in the early 1900s by the New York Board of Transportation.

New York
New York
New York
New York

These ads focus mainly on ‘manspeading’ and keeping your belongings to yourself.  It is interesting to compare how each city addressed this campaign.  Philadelphia and Chicago took a more aggressive and straight to the point approach.   Philadelphia titled it’s ads “Dude It’s Rude”.

Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Philadelphia

 

Chicago was quite frank with their messages towards riders who speak loudly or play loud music while on the train.

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Chicago
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Chicago

Boston and Tokyo went a comical route.  Boston incorporated parrots into their advertisement.  Tokyo created an extreme situation of a passenger taking up too much space on the train.

Boston
Boston

 

 

 

 

Tokyo
Tokyo

 

New York City and San Francisco stayed conservative with their messages.

New York
New York
New York
New York
San Francisco
San Francisco

 

We’re looking forward to seeing which ads turn out to be most effective!

What we’re reading online this week

What we’re reading online this week:
  • NYC to increase Ferry Service throughout boroughs (link)
  • New plan to elevate Bikers in San Fran (link)
  • NY State Biking rating may surprise you (link)
  • 97% of subway stations are not cleaned regularly enough (link)
  • New York’s gay nightlife, the interactive map (link)
By Sean Lewin
Image: Anandapur Transportation by Scott Smith

What we’re reading this week

Image above: Cardboard apartment, via Andere Achterhuizen on Flickr

This is what we’re reading this week on the web:

  • New Yorkers are ditching buses for subways (link)
  • Middle East politics: now arriving at a station near you? (link)
  • Afghan girls, forbidden from riding bikes, are skateboarding instead. (link)
  • A MetroCard redesign we’re excited about (link)
  • The bright lights of NYC may dim (link)
  • Cortland St. station on 1 line receives a long overdue facelift  (link)

Compiled by Sean Lewin, research assistant.

What we’re reading this week

Image above: Cars being transported across Ireland in 1950, via the National Library of Ireland on Flickr

Aside from subway overcrowding and taxi data hacking, this is what we’re reading this week on the web:

  • The LaGuardia Airport renovation is in jeopardy, again. (link)
  • Indego, Philadelphia’s new bike share, opens today with 600 bicycles; users are encouraged to wear helmets. (link)
  • A new United Nations-adjacent residential tower will feature full-floor “floating gardens.” (link)
  • Cargo bikes are the new minivans. (link)
  • The hipster express: more L trains to start running this fall. (link)

Thanks to Sean Lewin, our new research assistant, for compiling this list.

Big Data Fest

The NYU Rudin Center presented our Transit Access and Jobs report and map at the NY Hall of Science’s Big Data Fest this weekend. Sarah Kaufman (Digital Manager) and Jorge Hernandez (Research Assistant) met a variety of people both casually and professionally interested in big data; many of them had stories about how their commutes affected their job opportunities.

Thanks to all who stopped by to talk!

Jorge Hernandez and a visitor at the NY Hall of Science
Jorge Hernandez and a visitor at the NY Hall of Science