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Posts Tagged ‘New York City’

Moving Midtown West: Four Rail Investments Vital to New York City’s Future

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
A cross section of improved platforms and new passenger access at Moynihan Station. Phase 2 of the project will allow Amtrak to relocate operations and passengers to Moynihan Station.

NEW YORK BUILDING CONGRESS
The recent discussion about the future of Penn Station offered a unique opportunity to focus public attention on the rail system’s crucial importance to the economy and the mobility of the City, particularly on the emerging Far West Side of Manhattan. Unfortunately, this conversation failed to address the single most important problem the City faces around Penn Station: New York City’s rail connections to New Jersey and points north and west have remained essentially unchanged for more than a century.

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NYC: Citizens Demand 20 MPH Slow Zones

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Streetfilms visited a well-attended event of 35 activists and volunteers in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. There’s a big push citiwide in NYC from many sides including traffic safety neighborhood groups, advocacy groups and NYC councilmembers to get Albany’s state government to pass a “home rule” law allowing NYC to set the city wide speed limit at 20 mph.

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Guests on The Infra Blog: Jonathan Bowles & Adam Forman of the Center for an Urban Future

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Jonathan Bowles, Executive Director, Center for an Urban Future

Steve Anderson, Managing Director, InfrastructUSA, interviews Jonathan Bowles and Adam Forman of the Center for an Urban Future. Topics include NYC’s need to focus on infrastructure, the role of the Center for an Urban Future, and the new report, “Caution Ahead: Overdue Investments for New York’s Aging Infrastructure.”

Forman: New York City’s infrastructure is old. Whether it’s our transportation infrastructure, our bridges and roads, utility infrastructure, our steam mains and gas mains, or our buildings: our hospitals, our schools, our public housing buildings, it’s old…I think there are so many areas where we can improve the functioning of our infrastructure and the safety if we were investing more intelligently.

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Caution Ahead: Overdue Investments for New York’s Aging Infrastructure

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
Caution Ahead

CENTER FOR AN URBAN FUTURE
FOLLOWING THE DEVASTATION OF SUPERSTORM SANDY IN OCTOBER 2012, NEW York City’s essential infrastructure needs were made a top policy priority for the first time in decades. The scale and severity of the storm prompted numerous studies to assess the damage and led policymakers to take steps to shore up the city’s coastal infrastructure weaknesses. Although that work remains imperative, New York City faces a number of other infrastructure vulnerabilities that have little to do with storm preparedness or resiliency. If left unchecked, they could wreak as much havoc on the city’s economy, competitiveness and quality of life as the next big storm.

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NYC Arts for Transit: A Bronx Reflection

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
NYC Arts for Transit: A Bronx Reflection

MTA Arts for Transit: “A Bronx Reflection” by Carol Sun
Learn more about this artwork commissioned by MTA Arts for Transit for the 167th Street subway station in the Bronx.

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Casey Neistat: Snowboarding New York City

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
Casey Neistat: Snowboarding New York City

Pulled by a Jeep and clad in reflective yellow coveralls, Casey Neistat turns NYC’s snow-covered streets into his own, personal snowboard park.

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University Transportation Research Center, Region 2: Annual Report

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
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UNIVERSITY TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH CENTER
PLANNING TODAY in Region 2, requires knowledge of multi-modal and intermodal systems serving both freight and passenger movements. Planning in the region involves not only MPOs, but all of the many agencies taxed with the need to move people and goods 24/7. Planning is constrained by institutional mandate and history, the need to catch up with a backlog of capital needs, and a chronic shortage of adequate funds for both maintaining and building the infrastructure.

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NYC Streets Metamorphosis: 2002-2014

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

There’s nothing more dramatic than looking back five or ten years at Streetfilms footage to see how much the streets of New York City have changed. In this wonderful montage, check out the incredible changes at Times Square, Herald Square, the Brooklyn waterfront, and many other places that outgoing NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and her staff have intrepidly transformed.

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NYC: Riders Waiting for Subway in Super Slow Motion

Friday, January 10th, 2014
NYC: Riders Waiting for Subway in Super Slow Motion

Excerpt of “Stainless,” 42nd Street

High speed video recording in NYC at Grand Central station.

original footage: 10min. 49sec. 720p 50fps

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Janette Sadik-Khan, Former NYCDOT Commissioner and Strategic Advisory Chair, National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
Janette Sadik-Khan on The Infra Blog

“We’ve come a long way from where we were 50 years ago, and yet a lot of the design guidance for city streets is routed in back in the 1950s and the 1960s. In order to create a word-class environment for people, you need to have streets that reflect 21st century needs and that are safe and that perform well and are diverse and economically performing.”

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