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
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 Conference on Transit Option for Older Adults
On September 26, 2006 the NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, AARP, Metropolitan Transportation Authority and others co-sponsored a conference on the transportation needs of older adults.
An article about the AARP survey "Good to Go: Assessing the Transit Needs of New York Metro AARP Members" in the Westchester Journal News.Video of James Simpson's Keynote presentation
Rudin Center Hosts Symposium on Airport Capacity and Access
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Rudin Center Releases Report on the Need for More Rail Access to Manhattan
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.
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Rudin Center Report on Federal Transportation Funds Featured in The New York Times and The Boston Globe
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.