Green Cities, Sustainable Development, and Infrastructure

Urban Studies Week Series 2017 at Fordham University

A Panel Discussion on Green Cities, Sustainable Development, and Infrastructure

Wednesday, April 5
5:30 — 7:30 p.m.

South Lounge
Fordham Lincoln Center
113 W 60th St, New York, NY

The Fordham Urban Studies Program announces Urban Studies Week Series 2017: A Panel Discussion on Green Cities, Sustainable Development, and Infrastructure, feautring an eclectic group of planners, consultants, and analysts from the public and private sectors, who are experts in urban resilience, sustainability, and environmental protection to discuss the state of New York City’s “green infrastructure,” what it can learn from abroad, and its path for the future.

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4 – 5 p.m. informal coffee hour for students and panelists​

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Discussion
South Lounge



Refreshments will be provided.

This event is made possible with the generous support of Podell, Schwartz, Schechter & Banfield LLP.

2017 Outlook for the Intercity Bus Industry in the U.S.

Join us for the study release of the 2017 Outlook for Intercity Bus Travel in the United States, a new study by the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University. This program is hosted in partnership with The Chaddick Institute and with support from the New York chapter of the Transportation Research Forum.

Learn how the country’s travel landscape is likely to change in 2017 due to intercity bus expansion and hear about notable highlights of the past calendar year. In addition to commentary by DePaul professor Joe Schwieterman and Brian Antolin, this event will feature other prominent experts on bus travel and offer perspectives on the debate over the Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT) in New York. The technical tour will begin at the PABT one hour after the program ends.

January 13, 2017

Register here:

Rudin Center for Transportation at New York University | 295 Lafayette Street
12:00-1:30pm: Join the study team and event hosts for a buffet lunch (for purchase) followed by the official study release event. Speakers include Mitchell L. Moss, Director of the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation, and Joe Schwieterman, Director of the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development.

This event is free, with lunch available for purchase.

Port Authority Bus Terminal | 625 8th Ave
2:30-4:00pm: Following the Study Release event, an immersive tour led by Brian Antolin (industry expert and CEO of CoTo Travel), Joe Schwieterman (DePaul University), and Nicholas Klein (Columbia University) will highlight innovations and exciting advancements in bus travel. The tour will begin at the Port Authority Bus Terminal and will focus on key features of the PABT, the Megabus pickup locations near the Javits Convention Center (34th St. b/t 11th & 12th Avenues), and notable specialty lines operating out of Midtown Manhattan. Space is limited.


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Cities, Data, And Mobility: The NYC Experience

The  growth of NYC’s for-hire vehicle market means that the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission is gathering unprecedented amounts of trip data, yielding  a far more comprehensive view of how New Yorkers travel. The TLC uses this data to enforce consumer protections and safety requirements and to gain insight into emerging transportation models, accessibility and driver income. How can the public and private sectors use this data to inform policymaking?
Join us for a lively discussion.

Opening remarks: Meera Joshi, Commissioner and Chair, New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission

Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President

Cordell Schachter, Chief Technology Officer, New York City Department of Transportation

Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer, City of New York

Anthony Townsend, Founder, Bits and Atoms
Moderated by Mitchell L. Moss, Director, NYU Rudin Center


The Future of Citi Bike: Assuring Access to Low-Income Communities

DATE: November 17, 2016
TIME: 08:45am – 10:00am
LOCATION: Puck Building – The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl., 295 Lafayette Street, New York; NY 10012-9604


A panel discussion with:

Tracey Capers
Executive Vice President, Programs/Organizational Development
Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation

Elena Conte
Director of Policy
Pratt Center for Community Development

Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez
Chair – Committee on Transportation
New York City Council

Paul Steely White
Executive Director
Transportation Alternatives

Moderated by

Mitchell L. Moss
Henry Hart Rice Professor of Urban Policy and Planning,
and Director of the Rudin Center for Transportation

Mobility is for Everyone

Monday, October 10, 2016
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
at Mapzen, 30 W 26th Street, 7th floor, New York, NY

Moving through New York is difficult in the best of conditions. When considering the added mobility challenges faced by the disabled and mobility-impaired elderly communities, it begins to feel daunting. This GeoNYC meetup will look spatially at what it takes to meet the needs of all people moving through a city – understanding it takes careful planning to make sure the needs of all citizens are met and of all us can live the life we want.

Sarah Kaufman, the NYU Rudin Center’s Assistant Director for Technology Programming, will be presenting.

Event Schedule:
6:30PM: Mingle: doors, food & drink
7:00PM: Presentations & Q&A
8:30PM+: After hours celebrations



Quemuel Arroyo // is the first Policy Officer for Accessibility and ADA Coordinator for the New York City Department of Transportation. He joined DOT in 2014 from Morgan Stanley. As a member of the executive staff team, Quemuel advices the DOT Commissioner, Polly Trottenberg, on all matters of accessibility. He works closely with division heads throughout the agency to ensure that their programs and operations follow current guidelines for accessibility and that they are made accessible to all New Yorkers. Quemuel graduated from NYU in 2012 with a Bachelors of Arts in Urban Design and History of Architecture.

Sarah Kaufman [@sarstar] is Assistant Director at the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation, where she researches, advocates for and educates about cutting-edge technologies in transportation.

Elle O’Conner // While studying at the University of North Carolina, I fell in love with open-mapping, specifically volunteer GIS projects such as Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT). In my personal world, those foundational concepts of vulnerability mapping and risk and resilience modeling have developed into my primary passion. As a solutions engineer based at ESRI in Redlands, CA, my chief duty is to advise commercial organizations on how to best leverage our location based applications

Erik Shlegel [@erikschlegel1] is an open source engineer within the Developer Experience group of Microsoft and based in the NYC area. Erik and his team recently engineered a navigation platform intended for users with sight loss, and powered by Cortana, Azure, Openstreetmap and Mapzen. His most recent project is working with the UN to parse social media outlets(Facebook, Twitter, blogs) and paring machine learning to identify trends of humanitarian related crisis’s occurring in targeted regions.

Driverless cars: a NYC symposium

Please join us at an event hosted by Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President:

Driverless cars: a NYC symposium

September 27, 4 – 7pm, 1 Centre St., 19th Floor South
An enormous amount of research and development is going into the development of driverless cars—known as “Autonomous Vehicles” in the industry. It’s not a matter of “if” anymore, it’s a matter of when. That’s why my office is sponsoring a forum with representatives from the city’s Taxi & Limousince Commission, Dept. of Transportation, NYU’s Rudin Center, and one of the manufacturers of AV’s, Audi. It promises to be an interesting discussion—please join us!

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What do you want your city to be? Reimagining Southwest Brooklyn

The fundamental urban questions of growth, equity and resiliency are no longer distant planning challenges, but rather urgent priorities of increasing complexity. New York City is facing a housing crisis with a vacancy rate below 5%. Southwest Brooklyn can support equitable growth, but its residents need good jobs and access to public transportation. Thoughtful planning and informed decision-making can create equitable, sustainable and resilient solutions that can work for Southwest Brooklyn and New York City as a whole.

Join us for a civic discussion of potential development scenarios for Southwest Brooklyn.

  • Vishaan Chakrabarti, Founder, PAU, and Associate Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation
  • Michelle de la Uz, Executive Director, Fifth Avenue Committee
  • Jill Eisenhard, Founder and Executive Director, Red Hook Initiative
  • Gary LaBarbera, President, Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York
  • Chris Ward, Chief Executive, AECOM Metro New York, and Project Director, Southwest Brooklyn

Moderated by Mitchell L. Moss

Future of NYC Transportation – Building Solutions for 21st Century Transit

We’re speaking with Be Social Change, TransitCenter and Citi Bike about the future of transportation in New York City.

June 1 , 7-9 p.m.

Interface NYC (140 W 30th Street)

Tickets and Information: click here

Join Be Social Change on Wednesday, June 1st for a panel discussion on the Future of NYC Transportation: Building Solutions for 21st Century Transit.

As the most populous city in the United States, New York City depends on a network of complex transportation systems. We have one of the largest subway systems in the world, an extensive bus network, numerous taxis, and innovative carpool and bike share programs. However, as ridership reaches capacity, traffic continues to increase, and massive infrastructure repairs becoming critical, New York City faces great challenges in building a transportation system of the 21st Century.

Bringing together leaders and experts, this panel will explore the challenges and opportunities facing NYC’s transportation system as it evolves to meet 21st Century demands. What is the role of public-private partnerships in improving the transportation ecosystem? What can be done to increase MTA’s capacity while decreasing its funding gap? How will the increasing availability of data inform and transform how people get around? And what innovative programs, polices, and businesses are leading the way in building a transportation system of the future?

WTS-GNY Spring Dinner Program

Consider joining WTS for their Spring Dinner this May! NYU Rudin Center Assistant Director, Sarah Kaufman, will be moderating. see details below:

WTS-GNY Spring Dinner Program

Turning Challenges into Opportunities: Alternate Delivery of Capital Construction Projects

May 2, 5:30 p.m.

Moderator: Sarah Kaufman, Assistant Director of NYU Rudin Center for Transportation Policy

Marie Corrado, Senior Director, Gateway Program, Amtrak
Poonam Punj, Senior Project Manager, MTA LIRR
Lysa Scully, General Manager of LaGuardia Airport, PANYNJ
Event includes: Panel discussion, buffet dinner, cash bar.


$55 – WTS Member
$40 – Young member (under 35)
$55 – Young non-member (under 35)
$60 – Public sector non-member
$75 – Private sector non-member
$15 – Student
An additional $10 will be added after April 27, 2016

Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact for details – sponsorship deadline is April 22, 2016.

$250 for two tickets and an advertisement in the program
$650 for a table (10 tickets) and a 1/2 page advertisement in the program

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Exploring challenges in transportation and infrastructure