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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.
The NYU Rudin Center’s current work surrounds “Intelligent Paratransit,” a project to re-frame mobility for the elderly and disabled using modern ridesharing technologies.
Through this work, the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation aims to find technological solutions to making paratransit across the country more cost- and time-efficient, and a better experience for its customers. We are analyzing paratransit systems worldwide, evaluating potential improvements for reservations, dispatch and routing, and recommending strategies for incorporating new technology into existing systems.
The NYU Rudin Center hosted advisory group sessions to discuss the implications of changes and advances in policy, technology, and operations as they apply to paratransit in the US and collaborate on potential solutions. The project advisory group consists of stakeholders from the public, private, non-profit and advocacy sectors.
The Intelligent Paratransit report will be released in the summer of 2016.
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
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