“In the coming decades, a familiar overhead sight—this one fully a product of the automobile age—may disappear. The disappearance of the familiar green, yellow, and red circles above our heads will mark a profound transformation in the way we move through cities.”
Sarah illustrates how cities are transitioning away from traffic lights in a new piece from Satellite Magazine. Read more and explore some of the questions involving this trend.
Next City talks to two of our researchers, Anthony Townsend and Sarah Kaufman, about patterns in big data and challenges cities face in using it. And they ask, would you share your private data for the good of city planning planning? Well, would you?
“As the data accumulates, these traffic schemas acquire a third dimension: They show a city changing not just from day to night, but from year to year.
They show a city changing not just from day to night, but from year to year. Using cellphone data, for example, “you can really see the story of how a metropolitan area has evolved, over the last decade,” says Anthony Townsend, the author of Smart Cities.
Many of these ideas are hypothetical, for the moment, because so-called “granular” data is so hard to come by…Corporate entities, like Uber’s pending data offering to Boston, don’t always meet researchers’ standards. “It’s going to be a lot of superficial data, and it’s not clear how usable it’ll be at this point,” explains Sarah Kaufman.”
Although public transit provides access to jobs throughout the New York City region, there are actually substantial inequalities in mobility. By focusing on the neighborhood level, the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation has identified communities that are substantially underserved by the public transportation system.
“In New York, mass transit is the path to economic mobility, not education,” Mitchell Moss, Rudin’s director, told the Wall Street Journal. “It’s far more important to have a MetroCard than a college degree.” (Gothamist)
In New York City neighborhoods where people are heavily dependent on transit but access to jobs via train or bus is mediocre, 67 percent of workers commute by transit. In these areas the average income is lower than the city average, at $46,773, and the unemployment rate is 11.7, the highest in the city.
“It’s exactly these commuters, who live just beyond the reach of convenient transit but lack the resources to own a private car, who could benefit most from improvements to the city’s transit network.” (Streetsblog)
The report recommends that policymakers increase the number of transportation modal options across the city, maximize use of existing transportation infrastructure, and foster the ability to work remotely. These solutions will benefit all New Yorkers’ access to job opportunities and economic improvement.
“We need to link transit to areas that aren’t likely to get a new subway system — using … a variety of buses, more customized buses to link people to the mass transit system,” [Moss] says. “In some cases it’s getting people to mass transit that’s the challenge.” (Vox)
The NYU Rudin Center for Transportation announces the release of a new report: “Mobility, Economic Opportunity and New York City Neighborhoods,” focusing on the variations of job access by transit throughout New York City.
This research was supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and Google.
From the Introduction:
“The ability of a public transportation network to physically link residents to jobs has become a central point of concern for urban policy in an era of uneven unemployment and rapidly changing job markets. The economy of New York City is unique in North America due to its high uptake of public transportation. Here, 56% of the population uses transit to reach work; an individual’s ability to access a job is largely a function of how well their neighborhood is served by the public transportation system. This report presents direct measurements of job access in New York City, and contrasts the levels of access that are experienced in the city’s many neighborhoods…
To improve economic opportunities citywide, the NYU Rudin Center recommends that policymakers increase the number of transportation modal options across the city, maximize use of existing transportation infrastructure, and foster the ability to work remotely. These solutions will benefit all New Yorkers’ access to job opportunities and economic improvement.”
Please join the NYU Rudin Center at three exciting events in December:
December 3, 9am: Re-Programming Mobility: What Do Smart Phones and Self-Driving Cars Mean for Future Cities? Based on the report Re-Programming Mobility by Dr. Anthony Townsend, NYU Rudin Center Senior Researcher. For more information and to RSVP visit: http://wagner.nyu.edu/events/rudin-12-03-2014
December 9, 6:30pm: Open in NYC: Open technology and tools for city government. Join Sarah Kaufman, NYU Rudin Center Digital Manager, and several other experts showcasing the latest location-based works in NYC, at Google NYC. RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/open-in-nyc-tickets-12168378949
Congratulations to the inaugural class of Emerging Leaders in Transportation! We are thrilled to welcome these impressive individuals this fall to the NYU Rudin Center to amplify their leadership skills, develop new ideas to bring to their workplaces, and create an innovator network among local transportation organizations. We can’t wait to see what they do.
Meet the Fellows:
Onyinye Akujuo, from Queens, NY is an Assistant Director of Grant Management for the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA); she has delivered over 8 years’ experience in public service with a major career focus on the transportation funding and planning sector.
John Baker is Technical Staff at Consensus Systems Technologies, where he specializes in geographic information systems, regional ITS architectures, systems engineering, and the design and implementation of ITS standards.
Stephanie Camay is a Lead Planner at Parsons Brinckerhoff, with experience in a variety of assignments including alternative analyses for rail and bus rapid transit corridors, neighborhood transportation studies, transit feasibility studies, EIS documentation, and stakeholder and public participation strategy development and implementation.
Graham Cavanagh: With an MS in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute and now working at the NYC DOT Manhattan Borough Commissioner’s Office, Graham Cavanagh has been greatly influenced by the values of communication design and community participation in the planning process – with the intention to promote safe, healthy, and innovative Cities.
Jana Langhammer is an electrical engineer at JFK Airport, aviation geek born in Prague, world traveler, surfer and piano player.
Andrew Lappitt works at TransOptions, a transportation-oriented nonprofit in New Jersey and has a strong interest in communicating the impacts of transportation planning concepts and principles to the public.
Aviva Laurenti is a traffic engineer (and avid cyclist) working at Sam Schwartz Engineering primarily on transportation analyses for environmental review documents with experience in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Christopher Lee is a Senior External Relations Representative for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, focusing on Government and Community Outreach to elected officials and groups in the Boroughs of Staten Island and Manhattan.
Stephanie Lotshaw is a Program Manager in the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy’s US & Africa office; her work focuses on helping cities on both continents to implement gold-standard BRT and has also recently focused on working with cities to develop high quality transit-oriented development (TOD).
Dawn Miller is the Executive Director of Strategic Planning at the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission, where she focuses on improving access to safe, convenient, high-quality for-hire transportation throughout the city.
Jacob Nussbaum: Originally from Charleston, SC, Jacob graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a BA in Urban Studies and currently works for JetBlue Airways in Revenue Management.
Kate Rube is the Transportation Program Manager at Project for Public Spaces, and she works to foster great streets and sustainable communities through policy, training, and technical assistance work.
Frank Ruchala Jr is an associate city planner and urban designer at New York’s Department of City Planning’s Manhattan Office where he is the primary project manager for Midtown Manhattan.
Patrick Sabol: As a researcher at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, Patrick’s work is focused on identifying, developing, and implementing innovative new approaches to infrastructure funding and finance.
Rodney Stiles is a graduate of the Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, and he is coming to terms with being an expert on the taxi industry in New York City—a symptom of years of combing through millions of taxi trip and administrative records to find answers for his bosses.
Tiffany-Ann Taylor is a formally trained Urban Planner with a passion for transportation planning, emergency management, public policy and community infrastructure.
Midori Valdivia is currently a Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the Port Authority and has a background in urban planning and financial management.
Ema Carol Yamamoto: Equipped with degrees in civil engineering and transportation planning, Ema works to advance the state of transportation in Philadelphia as a Planner/Analyst for Philadelphia’s Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities.
Beth Zall is a Transportation Planner at Parsons Brinckerhoff who is currently actively involved in the Port Authority Midtown Bus Master Plan effort.
The fellowship will be directed by Sarah Kaufman of the NYU Rudin Center.
Sponsored by the Rudin Center and by the University Transportation Research Center
Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm Location: 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue
Join the NYU Rudin Center to learn about the frontiers of transportation in this sixth event of the Short Talks, Big Ideas series. Speakers will deliver lightning presentations about their work and ideas, followed by networking and refreshments. We guarantee the audience will learn something new.
Confirmed Speakers: John Biggs, TechCrunch – “Mytro” Arlene Ducao, MindRider – Brain wave-tracking bike helmets Richard Dunks, NYU CUSP – Water Street Corridorscope Malinda Foy, MTA Bridges and Tunnels Neysa Pranger, Control Group – Beacon technology for transit Ryan Russo, NYC DOT – Vision Zero Paul Salama, WXY Architecture + Urban Design – Green loading zones Jose Soegaard, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance – Development of the NY/NJ waterfront
Moderator: Sarah Kaufman, NYU Rudin Center for Transportation
Announcing the NYU Rudin Center’s new fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Transportation.
In this fellowship program, participants will learn from top transportation and management professionals to enhance leadership skills and policy work to bring innovative ideas into practice. During three half-day sessions, emerging leaders will build long-term leadership goals and will focus on developing innovative projects and ideas within an organization.
The three half-days will cover:
- Leadership and Transportation - Leadership and Innovation - Building Support for Innovation
Sessions will include talks from esteemed professionals and group discussions and exercises. Participants will be expected to complete assignments between sessions, and by the program’s conclusion, should have a plan to introduce an innovative solution or concept within their workplaces.
Join the NYU Rudin Center on a musical journey as we explore all the transportation songs known to Spotify. Whether you’re a fan of Gladys Knight, Arcade Fire or MIA, you’ll surely find a plane, train or automobile tune that works for you. The playlist is collaborative, so feel free to add your own tunes! We’ll add along the way.
Image at top: Gabriel Royal, NYC Subway Cellist // flickr: Dan Nguyen
Special thanks to NYU Rudin Center intern Andrew Poeppel for compiling the playlist generated by Rudin Center employees and students past and present.