Quality Communities Workshop: “Advancing Transportation – Land Use Connection” (June 13, 2006)

This workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss and influence New York�s approach to integrating transportation investment decisions with community land use planning. Invited participants include: municipal officials, regional leaders, professionals, civic and business groups, and academic experts. Allison L. C. de Cerre�o, Ph.D., Co-Director of the Rudin Center will be moderating a plenary session on current transportation � land use planning landscape in New York State as well as facilitating a panel on how NYSDOT can better support NYS communities in linking their transportation-land use decisions. This workshop will be held in Binghamton, NY. For registration information please visit http://utrc2.org/events/index.php?viewid=133.

Read an article related to the workshop by the Press and Sun Bulletin in Binghamton, NY.

Rudin Center to Host Symposium on Critical Issues Facing Aviation and the New York/New Jersey Region’s Airports

With the region�s airports already operating at or exceeding capacity in some areas, the continued growth in air passenger demand places increasing stress on the system. The resulting �bottlenecks� caused by increased air traffic not only affect airspace and airport operations but have a spillover effect beyond the tarmac. Roadways and transit networks that support the transportation needs of travelers and air cargo businesses also face increased demand and capacity constraints. How will this region address these issues? Can it increase capacity and how? What are the ramifications if such challenges are not resolved?

Registration is required. For further information please see the registration brochure. View the registration brochure.

Smart Growth, Smart Transportation with Larry Silani and Jim Yanchula

Mr. Silani, Director of Planning of LaSalle, Ontario, will discuss innovative approaches to planning aimed at creating livable neighborhoods, mixed-use town centers, and a well-planned transportation system. Mr. Yanchula, Manager of Urban Design and Community Development of Windsor, Ontario, will address Windsor's plans for integrating planning and design measures as a means to promoting economic growth, diversifying residential developments and redesigning its downtown.

Director of NYUs Rudin Center Interviewed On Cost Overruns for Tappan Zee Bridge

Director of the NYU Wagner Rudin Center For Transportation Policy and Management, Elliot Sander, was cited in a recent article in The Journal News newspaper. Describing cost overruns for repair work on the Tappan Zee Bridge, Sander said, �There are times where cost overruns can be justified. On the other hand, there are times when you have a bad contractor or engineering plans have not been done right, where you should not be having a cost overrun.� Sander, former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation, noted that repair work on the Tappan Zee would be more complicated than building an entirely new bridge as the officials have to coordinate repair work and traffic flow patterns.

Elliot G. Sander Appointed to National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Finance Commission

On February 13, 2006, NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management Director Elliot Sander was appointed to the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Finance Commission, a United States Congressional Commission. This commission was created by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users and enacted into law as Public Law 109-59.

47th Annual Forum of the Transportation Research Forum (TRF)

NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management is co-sponsoring the 47th Annual Forum of the Transportation Research Forum (TRF) on March 23rd, 24th, and 25th at NYU Kimmel Center. The Annual Forum showcases a diverse set of papers and presentations that provide a unique perspective on the issues facing the transportation system today. Major themes of the conference includes breaking down institutional barriers to better transportation policies, making more efficient use of our transportation system, the public/private choice in the ownership and operation of transportation systems, and accommodating the explosive growth in global trade. Registration is required, day-of event registration also available. For additional information on registration, individual sessions and forums, please visit http://www.trforum.org/forum/2006/schedule.php.

Partnerships for New York – Innovative Transportation Financing and Contracting Strategies: Opportunities for New York State (March 8, 2006)

Across the U.S., many states and transportation authorities are exploring innovative financing and contracting mechanisms that can improve the efficiency, flexibility, and accountability of capital project management. This conference, sponsored by the New York State Department of Transportation, examined �Transportation Development Partnerships� around the country, and the issues and best practices New York State should keep in mind as it considers how it might authorize similar partnerships. The conference was intended to inform key policymakers and stakeholders on the use of Transportation Development Partnerships, their value, when and where they are appropriate, where they have been successful, and how they can be structured to protect the public interest. The conference featured expert speakers from universities, civic organizations, consulting firms, financial institutions, and federal and state agencies. It was attended by approximately 275 people. For additional information on this event please visit http://utrc2.org/events/past.php?viewid=125.

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