Women are three times as likely to be concerned for their safety, and as a result choose longer, more costly, or less efficient transportation. The physical and psychological impact of gender-based trauma can result in life-long preferences for cars or taxis instead of transit or bikes. And 75% of caregivers are women; escorting children or the elderly reduces travel options and adds costs. As previous C2SMART-funded research led by Sarah Kaufman, has shown, transportation has a “Pink Tax”: women pay more than men to travel.
With support from NYSERDA and Lyft, a series of workshops will bring together diverse leaders from transportation, government, industry, research, investors, and advocates. The purpose of the workshops is to draft an R&D and tech demonstration road map with an emphasis on innovations that can be tested in NYS next year and then scaled. The workshops will also establish a network interested in the broader issue.
Divided into three sessions, the first two sessions will focus fairly narrowly on specific aspects that are more amenable to immediate innovation: Caregiver accessibility (school-related travel, chaperoning those with disabilities, and micro-mobility options) and personal safety (station design, off-peak and essential worker travel, and university access). The third session will be action planning.
Jingqin (Jannie) Gao completed her Ph.D. in Transportation Planning and Engineering at NYU Tandon, where she works with C2SMART Director Kaan Ozbay. She studied Science and Technology of Optical Information and received her B.S. from Tongji University in China and her M.S in Transportation Planning and Engineering from New York University. Her research interests lie in offline and real-time simulation modeling, big data and machine learning approach for transportation, and transportation economics. She also worked for the New York City Department of Transportation on modeling and data analysis to support the agency’s internal planning, technical review processes and coordinated with external agencies on regional projects since 2012. Jingqin is the former president of NYU’s joint Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS) Student Chapter during 2018-2019, through which she organized various company visits, tech talks, women in transportation events and the 2019 ITE Northeastern District Traffic Bowl.
Yubin Shen is an Assistant Research Engineer at C2SMART Center. He received his M.S. in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology (2015). Previously he worked for MTA New York City Transit. He provides technical support for the center and also cooperates in the research projects at the center. His research interests include database optimization, web data crawling and embedded system.