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Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez Releases Report at the NYU Rudin Center

New York City Council Member and Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez spoke at the NYU Rudin Center this morning. He released a report, “Next Stop: Making Transportation Safe and More Efficient.” His multi-point plan for improving transportation safety in the city includes parts of Sam Schwartz’s Move NY traffic congestion plan, improving subway naming and platforms, and implementing taxi driver safety measures.

Photos by Don Pollard.

What We’re Reading This Week

It’s October! We’re excited about what’s coming up this month, including next Monday’s “Making Transportation Safer and More Efficient in NYC” event with Council Member and Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez and upcoming workshops and field trips with our 2015 Emerging Leaders in Transportation. Without further ado, here’s what we’ve been reading this week:

Photo by: m01229/Flickr

What We’re Reading This Week

What we’ve read online this week:

  • Super-commuting takes hold for more workers (Link)
  • Is Uber really about the transport? (Link)
  • Once again, the 7 train takes the top spot in subway rankings (Link)
  • Urban streetscape redesigns: before and after (Link)
  • Mayoral leadership and the 7 train opening  (Link)
  • Tour the Second Avenue Subway construction via drone (Link)
  • Peace of mind for walking home with this new app (Link)

Photo by: Linh Nguyen                                                                                                       Post by: Sean Lewin (signing off from his internship today. Thanks for your fantastic work, Sean!)

What We’re Reading This Week

What we’ve read online:

  • With school back in session, a crackdown on lead-foot drivers (Link)
  • E-hails are legal, judge rules (Link)
  • Pilot for bus-mounted bike racks begins in Staten Island (Link)
  • In China, opting to kill pedestrians over maiming them (Link)
  • The bus system that has saved South Africa millions (Link)
  • 7 train extension set to open Sunday (Link)
  • Fun facts about the 7 line branching out to 11th ave (Link)

Photo above by: Nekenasoa                                                                                          Post by: Sean Lewin

What We’re Reading This Week

What we’ve read online this week:

  • “A handful of topless women should not be the basis for removing the pedestrian plazas that have transformed Times Square.” – Mitchell Moss on De Blasio’s consideration of removing the neighborhood’s pedestrian plaza (Link)
  • Gateway tunnel project is in need of aid from both NY and NJ governors (Link)
  • Williamsburg to host city’s first bike-in movie featuring “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” (Link)
  • What are your real NYC neighborhood’s borders? Sketch them out on DNAInfo. (Link)
  • How Americans commute to work in major cites (Link)

Photo Above, “Woman Threading through Traffic because Cars Are Blocking the Box,” from WNYC’s excellent Real New Yorkers Stock Photos collection.

Post By: Sean Lewin

What We’re Reading This Week

What We’ve Read Online:

  • Schumer proposes plan to save Amtrak and NJ Transit riders in his speech at the NYU Rudin Center (Link)
  • Some of Manhattan’s uptown residents are not welcoming Citi Bike with open arms (Link)
  • Subway delays have increased on most lines, according to one study (Link)
  • Uber boosts its political savvy (Link)
  • Rethinking NYC’s buses (Link)
  • Outer space transportation: NASA’s new web app simulates control of the Mars Rover (Link)

Photo above by: Ian Muttoo                                                                                           Post by: Sean Lewin

Press Roundup: Senator Schumer at the Rudin Center

Coverage of Senator Schumer’s talk at the NYU Rudin Center yesterday about the Hudson River tunnels was covered in several media outlets:

  • Daily News: “Chuck Schumer pushes new agency to handle Hudson River tunnel project” (Link)
  • The New York Observer: “Schumer Calls for a ‘Gateway Development Authority’ to Fund Hudson Tunnels” (Link)
  • The New York Times: “Schumer Says Corporation Should Oversee Hudson Tunnels Project” (Link)
  • Capital New York: “Schumer rushes into a leadership vacuum on cross-Hudson rail” (Link)
  • Second Avenue Sagas: “From Schumer, a two-state solution for the trans-Hudson problem” (Link)

Additional event photos have been posted on our site.

Senator Chuck Schumer spoke at the Rudin Center

Senator Chuck Schumer​ visited the NYU Rudin Center today to outline a plan for new Hudson River tunnels, including the establishment of a Gateway Development Corporation with multi-stream federal financing.

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