NYU Rudin Center Director Mitchell Moss appeared on NY 1 News to discuss the MTA’s capital plan. “Nothing is more important in Albany than making sure the MTA maintains its terrific condition as the basic engine that drives the economy,” he said. Watch the video on NY1’s site.
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.
Last night’s Short Talks, Big Ideas featured the best in transportation innovations of late:
Arlene Ducao showed off her MindRider brain wave-tracking bike helmets, which help map biking stress points in NYC.
Richard Dunks discussed the missing link in data processing (what to do with all this data), focusing on his Water Street Corridorscope project (with Jeff Ferzoco).
Paul Salama showed the potential for green loading zones, such as priority delivery windows for electric trucks.
Jose Soegaard taught us the importance of a functional NYC waterfront, including ferries that have been used in emergency evacuations.
Malinda Foy showcased new work at MTA Bridges and Tunnels, and fielded several questions about potential for biking on bridges (answer: hopefully!).
Neysa Pranger dove into potential uses for beacon technology to improve transit by sharing applicable information to riders’ devices.
Ryan Russo shared Vision Zero’s important initiatives to improve pedestrian safety in New York City, estimating that two million speeding tickets will be issued in 2014.
John Biggs discussed travel in reality and fiction, including his new young adult novel, “Mytro,” featuring a magical worldwide subway.
The event was moderated by Sarah Kaufman, NYU Rudin Center for Transportation. Please contact her if you have a big idea to share at the next event.
See the photos below (by Lauren Holter and Sarah Kaufman, in a very dark room) and visit the tweetstream for further discussion.
Join us at the sixth edition of Short Talks, Big Ideas on September 23rd.
Sponsored by the Rudin Center and by the University Transportation Research Center
Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Location: 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue
Join the NYU Rudin Center to learn about the frontiers of transportation in this sixth event of the Short Talks, Big Ideas series.
Speakers will deliver lightning presentations about their work and ideas, followed by networking and refreshments. We guarantee the audience will learn something new.
John Biggs, TechCrunch – “Mytro”
Arlene Ducao, MindRider – Brain wave-tracking bike helmets
Richard Dunks, NYU CUSP – Water Street Corridorscope
Malinda Foy, MTA Bridges and Tunnels
Neysa Pranger, Control Group – Beacon technology for transit
Ryan Russo, NYC DOT – Vision Zero
Paul Salama, WXY Architecture + Urban Design – Green loading zones
Jose Soegaard, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance – Development of the NY/NJ waterfront
Sarah Kaufman, NYU Rudin Center for Transportation
Follow @NYURudin for more speaker announcements, and join the discussion on Twitter at #BigIdeas14
Where can you use your cell phone underground? Here’s a map to show you which 37 subway stations are wired for access. According to MTA and Transit Wireless, the consortium responsible for building out the access, the 241 remaining underground stations will come online within four years.
// Map by NYU Rudin Center intern Andrew Poeppel – data from Transit Wireless
Top image: flickr // momentcaptured1
Did you know people post Yelp reviews of subway stations? Here’s a map of NYC’s busiest subway stations, created by our summer intern Andrew Poeppel. Click on the stations (numbered by busiest) to see their Yelp rating, reviews and more.
You can find Andrew on Twitter: @AndrewPoeppel.
We at the NYU Rudin Center got an early look at Citi Bike’s new trip data and found exciting snippets, such as where it’s clear that New Yorkers hopped off delayed subways and onto bikes, transferred from ferries, or attended events at Barclays Center. (Check out our video of 48 hours in the life of Citi Bike, now live on the NYTimes website.)
In fact, for the month of September, there is evidence of “reactionary biking,” in which subway riders encountering delays likely switched modes to bike share for that trip. The chart below demonstrates a moderate correlation between subway delays and Citi Bike usage throughout September: when delays increase, so does bike share ridership.
Reactionary biking is indicated during particular instances: for example, on September 17th at 7:45 a.m., the MTA sent an alert that the 2/3 train was delayed at Wall Street, in the heart of Citi Bike’s stations. In the half hour surrounding this alert, seventeen rides were recorded along the 2/3 route within four stops of the Wall Street Station; they were not repeated at the same time the following day. The increased rides on days heavy with delays, coupled with September’s pleasant weather (with temperatures ranging from 59 to 76 on average), lead to the conclusion that New Yorkers are avoiding or escaping transit delays by taking to bike share. As Citi Bike expands across New York City, it will provide a more comprehensive alternative to delayed transit.
Citi Bike has become an important mode in New York’s diverse transportation landscape, both as a method of active transport and an essential connection to the transit network; we are eager to analyze this data to understand its role in New York-area mobility.
- The chart accounts for unplanned service changes only; it does not include planned weeknight and weekend service diversions (and their occasional cancelations) relating to construction work.
- Dates recorded are for bike trip starts only; trips ending on subsequent days are recorded on the days on which the trips started.
Why does Citi Bike work? New York’s densely populated center already encourages residents, workers, and tourists to walk or take transit to get around the city. New York City, famed for its density and walkability, lends itself well to a tightly knit web of bike share stations. There are almost 20 stations per square mile within its service area, and almost 3/4 of its stations are within walking distance of a subway entrance.
Here’s an example of what you’ll see in the report:
Speakers confirmed for this fifth edition of the event include:
Nina Harvey, ARUP: Tech-Enhanced Urban Experiences
Stacey Hodge, NYC DOT: NYC Freight Mobility
Jacqueline Klopp, Columbia University: Open Transit Data for Nairobi
Stewart Mader, Subway NY NJ, Putting PATH on the Map
Jen Petersen, Revolution Rickshaws, Put Your [ ] on a Trike
Kate Rube, Project for Public Spaces: Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper – and Healthier
Andrew Salzberg, Uber: Uber in New York
Join the discussion on Twitter at #BigIdeas14
This event is co-sponsored by the University Transportation Research Center.
A new report and accompanying website have just been posted, in which author Sarah Kaufman aims to bridge the communications gap between transit agencies and their riders.