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Rudin Center Director a Panelist at New York State Department of Transportation Forum on Congestion

Rudin Center Director a Panelist at New York State Department of Transportation Forum on Congestion

NYU Wagner Rudin Center Director Allison L. C. de Cerreño was one of the panelists at a New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Public Forum on Congestion and New York's transportation needs, held at the College of Staten Island on March 5, 2008. The session was one of several that have been held around the state to review NYSDOT's 20-Year Needs Assessment.

NYSDOT's Commissioner Astrid C. Glynn hosted the forum, focusing attention on the next authorization of the federal surface transportation bill. New York Metropolitan Transportation Council Executive Director Joel Ettinger followed with an assessment of local impacts. The panel session, moderated by NYSDOT Chief Engineer Robert Dennison, then focused on the urgent need to address congestion in the New York metropolitan area. In addition to Dr. C. de Cerreño, the panel session included the following speakers:

  • Daniel Albert, President, Queens Independent Living Center
  • Majora Carter, Executive Director, Sustainable South Bronx
  • Cate Contino, Campaign Coordinator, NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign
  • John Galgano, President, CommuterLink ride-matching service
  • Josephine Infante, Executive Director, Hunts Point Economic Development Corporation
  • James McGowan, Honorary Director, New York State division, Automobile Association of America
  • Jonathan Peters, Associate Professor of Finance, College of Staten Island
  • Sam Schwartz, NY Daily News columnist and president and CEO, Sam Schwartz PLLC.

 

 

Rudin Center for Transportation Rolls Out “Mobility Factbook”

Rudin Center for Transportation Rolls Out “Mobility Factbook”

       How many pedestrians pass through Grand Central Terminal on a weekday? What’s the average length of a subway trip? How many people have signed up for the NYC bicycle share program?

       NYU Wagner’s Rudin Center for Transportation has rolled out a "Mobility Factbook" to answer these questions and more - explaining how people move in, through, and out of New York City.

        The new website conveys precise usage patterns and trends for each of the city’s 28 transportation modes. It highlights the use of multiple modes, the surge in off-peak travel, and the use of information technology to enhance mobility.

     You can visit the Mobility Factbook at www.nycmobility.org.

     A few of the facts:

      * The Grand Central Terminal Area hosts 750,000 pedestrians every weekday - more than the population of North Dakota (672,391).

      * The average subway ride is six miles long.

      * The new bike share program has gained 94,000 annual members.

     The new website is the brainchild of Rudin digital manager and Wagner adjunct assistant professor of planning Sarah Kaufman.

 

Rudin Center Honors Transportation Leaders

Rudin Center Honors Transportation Leaders

JANUARY, 2002

Jo Boufford
Boufford

Jack Rudin joined Lee Sander, co-director of the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management, and The Wagner School Dean Jo Ivey Boufford in honoring the 2002 recipients of the Center’s annual Leadership in Transportation Awards at a January 31st reception held in Greenberg Lounge. The awards recognize the outstanding work of individuals and agencies to advance the quality and efficiency of the region's transportation system. This year's honorees were: Francis Lombardi, Chief Engineer of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, winner of the Public Servant Award; Iris Weinshall [MPA ’87], commissioner of the NYC Department of Transportation, winner of the Public Agency Award; John Kaehny, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, winner of the Civic Leadership Award; and Joseph Hoffman, Senior Vice President of NYC Transit and Arthur Imperatore, Jr., president of NY Waterway, who were given special tributes in honor of their efforts to provide transportation in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

This year’s ceremony also included a special tribute to the late Lewis Rudin, a long-time member of NYU’s Board of Trustees. The tribute recognized the Rudin family’s continued and generous financial support for NYU, and in particular for the Center’s research and policy work regarding urban transportation issues.

Rudin Center Hosts Symposium on Airport Capacity and Access

Rudin Center Hosts Symposium on Airport Capacity and Access

A June 1, 2006 aviation symposium organized by the NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management focused attention on critically important issues of airport capacity and access in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region.

Click here for Summary Report.

Read articles related to the conference by The New York Times, The Times Herald-Record, and The Westchester Journal News.

Rudin Center receives grant to look at how to improve NYC's paratransit service for the elderly and disabled

Rudin Center receives grant to look at how to improve NYC's paratransit service for the elderly and disabled

Mitchell Moss

TransitCenter, a foundation dedicated to improving urban mobility, has awarded a grant to NYU Wagner's Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management and its director, Professor Mitchell Moss, to come up with ways to improve the New York City paratransit system serving the elderly and disabled.

The grant is part of more than $800,000 in awards to a range of organizations.

Rudin Center Report Examines Programmed Fare Increases

Rudin Center Report Examines Programmed Fare Increases

Linda M. Spock, Visiting Practitioner at the NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, has produced a new report documenting and synthesizing the experience of a dozen transit agencies that have implemented or tried to implement programmed fare increases -- those that occur on a regular and/or inflation-related basis as opposed to an "as-needed" basis. The transit agencies ranged widely in size, mission, and location, from New Jersey to the San Francisco Bay area. Often, they didn't know others' experiences with similar fare approaches. But taken together, according to the November, 2007, report, their experiences "suggest the importance of clearly communicating the need for regular fare increases to transit customers in the context of agencies' efforts to maintain service, constrain costs, and address customer needs and concerns.

"In short," the report continues, "customers appear to be willing to pay increasingly higher fares on a regular basis if they feel they clearly benefit from reliable transit service, the agency does its 'fair share' in contributing to the most efficient and cost effective operation possible, and the fare increases are small and predictable."

Ms. Spock has served as the NYU Wagner Rudin Center's Visiting Practitioner since 2001. A respected transportation expert, she played a key role in establishing E-ZPass as a regional electronic toll collection system. Following an 11-year career at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, she began her own consulting firm and has been Principal since 1994, conducting research,writing, and project coordination for individual agencies, multi-agency groups, and national and international organizations.

The Rudin Center was established in 1996 at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and named in September, 2000, in recognition of a generous gift to New York University in support of the Center. It is currently led by the Center's Director, Allison L. C. de Cerreno, Ph.D. Its mission is to provide the tools for strengthening institutions and leadership within and across all modes of transportation, and for encouraging innovative thinking, discourse, and action on urban transportation policy, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

To read the full report, please click below.

 

 

Rudin Center Report on Federal Transportation Funds Featured in The New York Times and The Boston Globe

Rudin Center Report on Federal Transportation Funds Featured in The New York Times and The Boston Globe

The Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management has released a study of Federal transportation funding that looks at the distribution of dollars to the States from a number of perspectives. The analysis reveals relative winners and losers at the regional and state level based on various criteria, and highlights the impact of the SHARE coalition's proposed funding formulas on New York and other States like Minnesota and Pennsylvania. The report shows that in many respects, New York receives a very low or at best, average apportionment of Federal transportation dollars.

Rudin Center Report: Expanding One Law Could Save New Yorkers Billions on Infrastructure

Rudin Center Report: Expanding One Law Could Save New Yorkers Billions on Infrastructure

A report released June 24 by the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management (housed at NYU Wagner) shows New York could save taxpayers billions of dollars simply by authorizing widespread use of Design-Build procurement practices on public infrastructure projects.

The report, sponsored by the Association for a Better New York (ABNY) and RBC Capital Markets, highlights the success of Design-Build projects throughout the country in addition to its successful implementations in New York, despite State law dictating that it can only be used on a limited basis. The report calls on Albany to expand the practice to save taxpayers money and shorten the completion time on critical infrastructure projects.

Rudin Center Studies Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Value Pricing Initiative

Rudin Center Studies Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Value Pricing Initiative

Wagner�s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management is documenting the decision-making process leading up to and immediately following the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey�s implementation of value pricing, so as to derive lessons learned that could be utilized when implementing similar programs elsewhere. This research is part of a larger project assessing the efficacy of value pricing and changes in the toll schedule on Port Authority facilities.

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