Individuals Affected

Aging Population

Seniors face mobility issues and lifestyle changes, such as switching from driving to using carpool, tax or fixed-route or demand-responsive public transportation.

Women

75% of female respondents in NYC reported experiencing harassment or theft on public transit, as opposed to 47% of men. The median extra cost of travel per month for women is estimated at $26-$50 compared to men in NYC.

People with Disabilities

Nearly 10% of New Yorkers have a disability and only 23% of the city’s subway stations have elevators. Almost 200,000 New Yorkers are blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted, while only 317 of signals are equipped with accessible pedestrian signals.

Through this initiative, the Center aims to shed light on the specific difficulties some travelers face in cities, how these challenges impact their lives, and what cities and companies can do to make urban transportation safer and more accessible for everyone.

Research

Evaluation of New Features at MTA New York City Transit’s Accessible Station Lab

Objectives C2SMART researchers at NYU Tandon are working in collaboration with MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) on the subway’s new Accessible Station Lab. This pilot will test and evaluate 15 new accessibility features at the Jay St. Metrotech Station in Downtown Brooklyn. This includes both smartphone apps and physical infrastructure, designed to make subway travel…

New York City Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Project

New York City Connected Vehicle Pilot Overview The New York City Connected Vehicle Pilot Program (NYC CVPD), led by the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT), will use vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) DSRC communications to improve safety through the reduction of vehicle and pedestrian crashes, injuries, and fatalities. This deployment involves the development…

Urban Connector Senior Mobility App: Field Tests

Urban Connector Year 3: Field Tests Over the past two years, researchers at UTEP and NYU have collaborated on the development of a smartphone application, Urban Connector, which is designed to cater to the urban mobility needs and preferences of seniors in El Paso. A prototype of the application was developed and a follow-up survey…

City-scalable Destination Recommender System for On-demand Senior Mobility

Overview This project aims to improve the efficiency of mobility-on-demand services with the help of machine learning. The goal is to create an algorithm that public paratransit services, private rideshare companies, and future autonomous vehicle fleets could use to improve operations and lower costs. The research is focused on embedding a type of algorithm called…

Simulation and Analytical Evaluation of Bus Redesign Alternatives

Simulation and Analytical Evaluation of Bus Redesign Alternatives in Transit Deserts with Ride-hail Presence Despite the emergence of many new mobility options in cities around the world, fixed route transit is still the most efficient means of mass transport. However, this efficiency is interdependent with ridership demand and network design, leading to vicious and virtuous…

Development of a Mobile Navigation Smartphone Application for Seniors in Urban Areas

Deliverables The main deliverable for this project is a smartphone navigation app that addresses the specific mobility needs and priorities of seniors, improving their ability to travel around their cities. Once a prototype has been developed, the researchers will recruit seniors to test the app for a few weeks, then gather their feedback.  In order…

Study Results Provide Insight into the “Pink Tax” on Transportation

A new study conducted by the Rudin Center for Transportation at NYU Wagner and supported by C2SMART revealed some insights into transportation’s “Pink Tax,” a term used for the extra cost for products and services for women. Some highlights from the study included: 75% of women surveyed reported experiencing harassment or theft on public transportation,…

City-scalable Destination Recommender System for On-demand Senior Mobility

City-scalable Destination Recommender System for On-demand Senior Mobility Principal Investigator: Joseph Chow Research Area 1: Urban Mobility and Connected Citizens OverviewProject WebinarDeliverablesDataStaffProject DetailsOverview This project aims to improve the efficiency of mobility-on-demand services with the help of machine learning. The goal is to create an algorithm that public paratransit services, private rideshare companies, and future…

Outreach

Women Leaders

Lysa Scully, LaGuardia Airport General Manager, Speaks at the NYU Rudin Center

This is custom heading element Lysa Scully, the General Manager of LaGuardia Airport, spoke at the NYU Rudin Center on June 14th as part of the Center’s Women Leaders in Transportation series. Ms. Scully, a 33-year employee of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is leading LaGuardia Airport’s $8 billion redevelopment, one…

For-Hire Vehicles and Passengers with Disabilities

This is custom heading element Are the 120,000 for-hire vehicles on New York City streets serving the nearly one million New Yorkers with disabilities? NYU’s Rudin & C2SMART Centers convened a forum on the needs of passengers with disabilities, what the companies can offer, and how the city might legislate. This event featured: Meera Joshi,…

NYU Rudin Center Hosts Women Leaders in Transportation Panel

This is custom heading element The NYU Rudin Center hosted the “Women Leaders in Transportation” event on May 14th.  Sarah Kaufman led a panel with four exceptional executive women to celebrate and discuss their leadership in the NYC transportation industry.  The speakers explained how they became speakers, approaches to balancing responsibilities, lessons learned from their…

2nd Women in Transportation Panel Discussion and Networking Night

This is custom heading element The 2nd Women in Transportation Panel Discussion Networking Night had several prominent women speakers from New York City Department of City Planning (NYCDCP), New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA), and Cambridge Systematics who discussed their career paths, solicited advice and helped others better understand the day-to-day work of a…

The Pink Tax on Transportation: Women’s Challenges in Mobility

Presented by the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation. Sponsored by the C2SMART Center. Hosted by Company.   October 30, 2018 6:30pm – 9:00pm Location: Urban Tech Hub @ Company, 335 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017 The “Pink Tax,” or the additional amount women are charged on products or services, is reflected in urban transportation. Based on…

Development

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Innovation

C2SMART students receive 2019 Scholarship from the Tri-State AAAEA

C2SMART congratulates its students Hella Alosta-Alnajjar, Wassim Nasr Eddine, and John El-khouri, who have been awarded 2019 Scholarship by the Tri-State Arab-American Association of Engineers and Architects (AAAEA) at its annual Scholarship Gala on November 3rd. The award is presented annually to outstanding undergraduate or graduate students in the fields of Engineering, Architecture or Computer Science. The…

NYU ITE/ITS Student Chapters Host Women in Transportation Event

This is custom heading element NYU’s ITE and ITS student chapters hosted the 2nd Annual Women in Transportation Panel Discussion and Networking Night at C2SMART on March 28, featuring several female leaders from agencies and companies in transportation. The panel included prominent speakers from New York City Department of City Planning (NYCDCP), New Jersey Sports…

C2SMART Faculty Judge Forbes Idea Incubator Challenge

This is custom heading element Deputy Director Joseph Chow and C2SMART PI Sarah Kaufman served as judges for the Forbes Idea Incubator Challenge, an event sponsored by Audi in which female students at NYU Tandon pitched concepts for ways to address the impact that electric vehicles and related infrastructure will have on urban mobility. The…

Civil Engineering Student Awarded WTS Leadership Scholarship

This is custom heading element Scholarship recipient Elsa Kong at a poster session for the 2017 summer undegraduate program. Elsa Kong, an undergraduate in the civil engineering department, is this year’s recipient of the Molitoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates, awarded by the WTS Foundation. Elsa worked with C2SMART Deputy Director Joseph Chow as a summer…