Transportation: it’s the lifeblood of every community. As the first point of contact in almost every citizen’s journey to an opportunity—be it healthcare, employment, or education—transportation sits at the heart of all major city planning decisions. And as our cities grow in size, so do our challenges. Is it better to improve existing transit infrastructure, or to create wholly new systems? How do we organize mixed-use pathways, providing safe and efficient mobility to pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers? How do we ensure equal access to transportation services—from the lower-income families increasingly located on the outskirts of the city to the differently-abled who cannot navigate pre-ADA facilities? And once we come up with a solution, how do we implement it efficiently and effectively?
Students often come to NYU Wagner looking to make a difference with sustainable transportation. They want to design “walkable” communities. They want to make roadways bicycle-friendly. They want to make mass transit more efficient. What they get at NYU Wagner, however, reaches far beyond a single skillset. Through our degree programs, especially our urban planning program, we train our students to see the social implications of transportation. We train them to look at data and see opportunities to improve lives as well as infrastructure. We train them to weigh the costs and benefits of potential solutions in order to find the most sustainable approach with the greatest positive outcomes.
From the practical research coming out of our Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management, to the alumni who serve as key decision makers in cities across the world, we are having an impact on the way public service leaders are thinking about transportation today. Our students are engaging in real world issues around cities and mobility, information technology in transportation, and access to mass transit—and using the entire toolkit of analysis, policy, and management we provide to craft, fund, and implement plans with huge impact.