Rudin Center Hosts Symposium on Airport Capacity and Access
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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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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.
Citing the challenge of falling tax revenue and growing costs, NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Policy and Management Director Allison C. de Cerreño said in an interview with Bloomberg News that a fare increase is necessary. She suggested that future increases take place according to a regular schedule.
"Whether it's this year or next year, at some point they are going to have to raise fares,'' she said in the article published July 25, 2007. ``It's going to be helpful if they can find a way to raise fares on a more regular basis.''
New York's MTA announced plans to increasethe transit fare to close the budget gap of about $965 million on July 25.
The New York Times invited notable New Yorkers to personalize the iconic subway map. A concept submitted Mitchell L. Moss, professor of urban policy and planning at NYU Wagner, and Director of the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management, was featured Oct. 22, 2010 -- including a stop named for Wagner itself.