NYU Rudin Center Assistant Director Sarah Kaufman spoke with Popular Mechanics on Facebook Live yesterday. The conversation covered gridlock, bikes and driverless cars while sitting in traffic. Check out the video here:
Mitchell L. Moss, NYU Rudin Center Director, and Hugh O’Neill, founder and president of Appleseed, wrote an op-ed in today’s Crain’s New York, “Forget romantic fantasies—rebuild Penn Station without uprooting the Garden.” (link)
Here’s an excerpt:
There are well-meaning groups who believe we should tear down the current structure, move Madison Square Garden, and start over. Simply put, this is too expensive and disruptive an option for achieving most of the same goals by modernizing the existing facility at far lower cost and with far less disruption.
Announcing our newest report, Time to Get Moving: Improving commuter and intercity rail facilities and services on Manhattan’s West Side, written with Appleseed.
“The approach to redeveloping the Farley Building and Penn Station that has been presented by Governor Cuomo, Empire State Development, Amtrak and the MTA offers a real opportunity to dramatically improve the facilities and services available to both commuters and intercity rail passengers traveling into and out of Manhattan. Critical issues must still be addressed: achieving the right balance of public and private investments, bringing New Jersey Transit into the process, the sequencing of proposed improvements, etc. But there is now a framework within which these issues can be addressed and resolved.
Moving Madison Square Garden and building an entirely new Penn Station would be far more expensive, and finding the billions of dollars in additional capital required to finance such a project would be extraordinarily difficult, if not impossible. New rail tunnels under the Hudson and adequate funding of the MTA capital program are both essential to the future of New York City and to the economic vitality of New York State and New Jersey. A new Penn Station does not even come close. It’s time to move on.”
Download the report here: Time to Get Moving
We love transportation! And, we hope you enjoy this week’s reading list. This week, we’re reading about new attempts to marry shopping and dining experiences here in NYC with TurnStyle at the Columbus Circle subway station, impending L train repairs, and fun facts about floating concrete. What we’re reading this week:
- An Exhaustive and Accessible Transit Database Has Finally Arrived
- TurnStyle Columbus Circle: Food hall and retail shops open in subway station
- L Train Tunnel Repairs Won’t Start Until 2019
- What It Takes to Keep a 7,700-Foot Floating Bridge From Doom
- New Blueprint Spreads the Gospel of Overnight Bike Lanes
In case you you missed it, our assistant director for technology programming, Sarah Kaufman, recently guest posted to the Second Avenue Sagas blog. We highly recommend you read her piece, “Transit: The Gender Difference” here.
This week, we’ve also been reading–and thinking–about the following transportation news items:
- MTA to solicit proposals for ‘New Fare Payment System,’ taking first step in finding MetroCard replacement
- Unveiling Uber’s Transparency Report
- NJ Transit’s Deficit Shrinks, Even as Transportation Funding Uncertainty Grows
- House Members Refuse Washington Subway System’s Plea for More Funds
- MTA Pulls The Plug On APTA
Photo by Phil Hilfiker on Flickr
Experiences in transit are as diverse as New Yorkers, and it’s time to call attention to the different ways genders approach transit in New York City.
NYU Rudin Center Assistant Director Sarah M. Kaufman has published a post in today’s Second Avenue Sagas highlighting these differences and recommended action plans.
Click here for the post.
Photo above by Thomas Hawk / Flickr
The Rudin Center has had a busy academic year so far producing events, original research, and engaging activities.
In the past year, the Rudin Center hosted a wide-variety of events, including speeches by:
- US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx (July 2015)
- Senator Chuck Schumer (August 2015)
- NYC Council Member and Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez (October 2015)
To see more recent Rudin events, click here.
The Rudin Center analyzes transportation policy and management in New York City and beyond. The results of our analysis is often published as a report or publication on the Rudin Center site.
- Surprise! World Trade Center Rebuilding Pays Off for the Port Authority – And the Region (October 2015)
- Manhattan Moves, even with the Pope (September 2015)
Just last month, the Rudin Center hosted the first ever NYC Bus Hackathon in partnership with the MTA and supported by TransitCenter. A full review of the event can be read here.
Rudin Center reports and publications are often cited in news articles. Additionally, Rudin Center staff are frequently asked for comment on transportation issues. Included below are some examples of press coverage:
- Sarah Kaufman in Wired, “Google and the Feds Team Up to Build the City of the Future” (Link)
- Mitchell Moss in AMNY, “L train could face Manhattan-Brooklyn shutdowns in 2017” (Link)
- NYU Rudin Report in Politico New York, “NYU urban planners counter pope-visit gridlock predictions” (Link)
For more Rudin Center in the news click here.
We’re excited to meet prospective students next Friday at NYU Wagner’s Admitted Students Day! NYU Rudin Center Director Mitchell Moss will deliver a faculty WagTalk. If you want to learn about Wagner School admissions, please check out the site. In the meantime, we’ve been busy reading up on this week’s transportation news:
- America’s Public Transit Is Broken—And It’s All Your Fault
- COTA Approves New Bus Pass Program for Downtown Workforce
- Plan to change NYC’s bridge tolls, reduce traffic hits Albany
- Gateway tunnel project taking a $70M step forward
- The Higher-Tech Future of School Bus Stop Signs
- Rare old NYC subway photos of trains, overcrowded platforms and more
And take a ride on our favorite video of the week, Time Travel Subway Car:
School is out for spring break this week, but we’re busy preparing for NYU Wagner’s Admitted Students Day on April 1st and reading up on this week’s transportation news. Take a look:
- Cities to Untangle Traffic Snarls, With Help From Alphabet Unit
- NJ Transit Deal: Let the Union Voting Begin
- The People vs. the Staten Island Bus Network
- Lyft and Uber Are ‘Allies’ in the Transit Revolution
- Per Hour and Per Mile, Uber Drivers May Be More Efficient Than Cabbies
- NYC subway ridership growth slows, MTA says
The Staten Island Bus Hackathon, organized by the NYU Rudin Center, TransitCenter and the MTA was a resounding success and an unprecedented event. Held on Saturday, March 5th, It was highly attended and produced many implementable solutions.
Approximately 150 participants – coders, planners and other interested attendees – joined the event held at LMHQ in Lower Manhattan. Fifteen proposals for reforming Staten Island Bus service were submitted and presented.
Three prizes were awarded:
- Grand Prize: “How to Optimize Express Bus Routes in Staten Island,” by Sri Kanajan (link)
- Best Solution for Express Bus Service: “Better Than The Subway,” by Colin Foley, Maria Carey, Raymond Cha, Larry Gould and David McCreery (link)
- Best Solution for Local Bus Service: “Buses in SI,” by Austin Krauza, Jenny Ye, Adam Davidson, Sunny Zheng and Steve Bauman (link)
All submissions can be viewed in the gallery.
The event was hosted by NYU Rudin Center Assistant Director Sarah Kaufman and TransitCenter Program Manager Tabitha Decker. The program featured several prominent presenters:
- TransitCenter’s Executive Director, David Bragdon, welcomed the attendees.
- Staten Island Borough President James Oddo discussed key transportation concerns and his high hopes for the hackathon’s outcomes.
- The data and Staten Island Bus Study were introduced by MTA NYCT planners Jonathan Hawkins and Chris Pangalinan.
- Key tools to be used by hackers were introduced by Felipe Hoffa (Google) and Jeff Ferzoco (CartoDB).
- Chris Whong of CartoDB delivered the lunchtime keynote, hitting on several key ingredients necessary for successful civic hacking.
The hackathon submissions were judged by:
- John Gaul, Vice President, 21st Century Service Delivery, MTA New York City Transit
- Manasvi Menon, Senior Strategic Consultant, Intersection
- Shin-pei Tsay, Deputy Executive Director, TransitCenter
- Sarah Wyss, Senior Director, Bus Service Planning, MTA New York City Transit
The hackathon was a highly successful event showcasing the importance and value of public participation in planning and the power of data-based solutions.
Photos below and at our photo gallery.