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  • For the third part of our presentation we’ll be evaulating whether or not NYC followed its transportation goals and how? Have they followed their overall theme of sustainability and safety?First we’ll discuss how we are judging the successes and failures of NYC transportation initiativesThen we’ll get into the positive and negative outcomes of the city’s planningEric, Neil, and Nick will then end off with some case study examples to illustrate their successes and failures.
  • Plan “YC’ has laid out 10 main goals that it would like to accomplish by 2030. 4 of these are related to sustainable transportation:Transportation:  Improve the safety and sustainability of the transportation network.Air Quality: NYC wants to achieve the cleanest air quality of any big U.S. city.“Climate Change: The city wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30%.“And with an increase Parks and Public Space, New Yorkers will live within a ten-minute walk of a park.So how are we judging the city’s achievement of these goals?
  • Goal Achievement Criteria:We are basing our critique of NYC’s transportation initiatives on 3 main criteria.The first of which is the yearly progress reports of PlaNYC released by The New York City Department of TransportationPublic Opinion is also an important factor; some critics of the plan really like the sustainability initiatives while others say that some of the initiatives do not improve the fortunes of all New Yorkers equally.We are also basing the achievement of NYC’s goals on a PhD student at Columbia University who is studying urban planning. She was kind enough to provide us with her thoughts on new york’s transportation system and the initiatives that have been implemented.
  • Here, I will give you a broad overview of the positive outcomes of New York’s transportation initiatives.The first of these is a reduction in Traffic Accidents:There has been 67% reduction in pedestrian crashesA Reduction in Pollution has also been seen In October 2011, the City completed a $13 million dredging of Hendrix Creek, a tributary of Jamaica Bay, to remove accumulated CSO sediment.Biking has increased: Commuter cycling has increased by 26% between 2008-2009. A planned bike share system is also set to begin in March 2013.The increased prominence of Parks and Public Space has also been seen.November 2011, the 200th underutilized schoolyard was transformed into a community playground.October 2011, 500,000th of the planned 1M trees in NYC was planted.
  • With these positive outcomes also comes some shortcomings in New York’s transportation:The Select Bus Service is one of these5 bus routes were supposed to have been on line by 2009 (one in each borough). There are currently 4.No truly separated bus lanesOther vehicles are present in this “bus only” lane in order to make right-hand turns.No elevated platforms.Off-board fare collection is not consistently seen throughout the network.Lack of Funding to the MTAThis results in maintenance and expansion projects being delayed or cancelledSuch as the improvement of subway stations and the implementation of the smart card (access all of MTA’s services in one trip)The picture in the upper left hand corner of the screen is actually a picture from 1974 when the MTA did not have the funding to maintain its subway system and pictures like this were unfortunately, pretty common.The slow completions of projects has also been seen such as the:East Side Access Project (Second Avenue Subway) which was delayed 16 months (now April 2018)
  • The goal’s of NYC Department of Planning and DOT to promote strategic growth, transit-oriented development, sustainability and accessibility is well exemplified in new developments such the Barclay’s Center in BrooklynHere is an example of a large development where land use and transportation are connected in a sustainable way: Rather than allowing massive/obtrusive car parking garages to be built for the new stadium, the city and developer limited parking and instead encourage the use of transit to get to the stadium. Thus, un-sustainable private automobile use was discouraged in favor of other, more sustainable modes of transportation.
  • There is more than 5 times as much parking available near the Staples Center
  • INCREASED COST TO PARK ON-STREET CAUSES MORE TURNOVER AS PEOPLE PARK FOR LESS TIME.THEREFORE MORE SPACES BECOME AVAILABLE AND MOTORSTS HAVE DRIVE LESS LOOKING FOR OPEN SPACES. (ALSO…. Due to new traffic signal monitoring/control system in midtown, there was a “9% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions during peak hours.” Less vehicles getting stopped at red lights = less gas emissions.)
  • 8th Ave experienced a 35% decrease in accidents to all users after installation of these protected bike lanes9th Ave saw a 58% decrease in accidents
  • As part of the city’s efforts to promote more sustainable transportation, more than 300 miles of bike lanes have been added since 2007
  • Automobile travel (commute) decreased over the last decade in central NYC, while biking, walking, transit, and telecommuting increased.
  • Narrowing of travel lanes causes motorists to decrease speedsSafe streets-First ever 20mph neighborhood slow zone…
  • Also note that
  • Not only do public space Improvements create better environments for pedestrians and encourage walking (which reduces automobile use and pollution, and increases health), these improvements have also had secondary benefits including increased retail sales at nearby storefront…also fewer commercial vacancies adjacent to the new pedestrian plazas.
  • Areas not in parks are shaded in green, darker areas signify more trees per square mile. Park areas are shaded in orange.Social benefits (Health, crime prevention)Economic Benefits (District appeal, property values, RoI)Environmental Benefits (Air quality, heat island, habitat)

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  • Presented by: Eric MoldvayVincent Montemurro Neil Olinski Nicholas Popolizio Corey Potoniec
  • Presentation Outline Presentation Outline How has NYC adhered to its transportation goals? What is the basis of success and failure for NYC’s transportation initiatives Outcomes of their planning Case Studies
  • NYC’s Broad TransportationGoals
  • Judging Achievement of Goals NYCDOT Yearly Progress Reports  Have They met their own benchmarks? Public Opinion Lauren Fischer  PhD Student in Urban Planning at Columbia University
  • General Positive Outcomes Reduction in Traffic Accidents Reduction in Pollution Increase in Biking Increase in Parks and Public Space
  • Shortcomings Select Bus Service Lack of MTA Funding Slow Completion of Projects
  • Connecting Development and Sustainable TransportationBarclays Center:“Parking is verylimited.We stronglyrecommend usingpublic transportation.”
  •  18,000 Seats VS. • 19,000 Seats Barclays Center L.A. Staples Center Around 3,000 Parking Spaces nearby • More than 16,000 Parking Spaces nearby≈ 1 space for every 6 seats ≈ 1 space for every 1.2 seats
  • Changes to On-Street Parking
  • Street Redesign Improvements:  Protected Bicycle Lanes  Traffic Calming  Pedestrian Space Improvements
  • “First ProtectedBicycle Lanes In the U.S.” Manhattan 8th and 9th Avenues
  • BIKE SHARE Program Coming this Spring • 10,000 • Over 600 Stations Bikes
  • Travel lane widths reducedfrom 17 ft to 11 ft
  • Transformation: From Parking Lot to Pedestrian PlazaBefore After
  • “Last year, the city had the fewest traffic fatalities since 1910”
  • Public and green spaceImprovementsGoal of ensuring that every New Yorkerlives within a ten minute walk of apark.  Approximately 76.5% of New Yorkers now have that level of access, up from 70% in 2007  Increase of 240,815 people in the past year
  • NYC High Line
  • High Line
  • MillionTreesNYC 10 year plan Plant and maintain 1,000,000 new trees October, 2011 reached 500,000 milestone Current count at 632,000 trees
  • Webster Avenue Concept
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