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#AccessDenied: Dustin

PSA #1 in a series of 4 produced with TransitCenter.

NYC has the least accessible subway in the country. Dustin wants you to know Governor Cuomo & the State Legislature can help people with disabilities ride the subway by funding NYC Transit's Fast Forward plan for full accessibility.

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Parking Day Meets PeopleWay! (2017)

With the 15-month shutdown of L-train service west of Bedford Avenue coming up in 2019, NYC DOT and the MTA need to figure out new ways to move hundreds of thousands of people each day.

In Manhattan, a big piece of the puzzle is rethinking 14th Street. To keep people moving, Transportation Alternatives has proposed a car-free PeopleWay, maximizing the efficiency of the street by dedicating space exclusively to buses, biking, and walking.

On Parking Day -- an international day of action to repurpose street space for people, not cars (see previous Streetfilms herehere, and here) -- a few dozen TransAlt volunteers were out collecting signatures and educating people about why 14th Street needs the PeopleWay. Streetfilms was there to document the occasion.

Take a look. As one concerned citizen told us, "The clock is ticking New York!"

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Why are New Yorkers bicycling to work in record numbers?

Today is Bike To Work Day in NYC. And as usual Transportation Alternatives was out hosting some fueling stations in the morning.

We thought with the newest NYC DOT data showing bicycling at an all-time high, it would be great time to ask bicyclists why they are riding their bikes more. Interestingly, the answers seemed to fall in three distinct categories: it is safer, it is healthy and MTA is falling apart.

But don’t take our word for it, listen to what your fellow city riders told us.

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Cardboard Cuomo Sends His Regrets to Transit Riders for Shortchanging MTA

In October, Governor Cuomo pledged to allocate $8.3 billion in state support for the MTA capital program, which maintains and upgrades the region's transit system.

But when Cuomo released his executive budget a few months later, it contained no new money for the capital program. Instead, the state now says it will only deliver its funding until the MTA has exhausted all options and revenue from other sources. The Riders Alliance warns that without the funding that Cuomo promised, the MTA could be forced to delay essential maintenance and borrow more, causing fare hikes and the deterioration of service.

Naturally, there was only one thing to do. The Riders Alliance brought back Cardboard Cuomo for an apology tour to "interact" with riders and tell them he's sorry he didn't come through with a budget that supports transit.

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Cardboard Cut-Out Cuomo Rides the NYC Subway

The advocates at the Riders Alliance have been campaigning for many months to get Governor Andrew Cuomo to ride the NYC subways. The governor’s office has refused to answer any of their inquiries. So on Thursday, they did the next best thing: They brought along a cardboard cut-out of his likeness to see how straphangers would react.

Subway delays are on the rise, but so far, Cuomo has failed to fund the MTA’s $32 billion five-year capital planto fix tracks, modernize signals, expand capacity, and upgrade the equipment that moves New York City. It wasn’t hard to find straphangers who want better service to give fake Cuomo a piece of their minds.

 

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NYC is Back in Business: Post Sandy, Queens Mode Montage

NYC has suffered greatly post superstorm Sandy. While we still have a long ways to go, people are starting to go back to work and venture out of their homes.

Thursday marked the first day of modest subway restoration. It also saw the return of limited ferries. As well as a full MTA bus schedule and Mayor Bloomberg's emergency order declaring all vehicles crossing the East River Bridges must have three occupants. But the numbers of people using their feet and bicycles is huge and an always encouraging sign. Streetfilms was up early in Queens near the Queensboro Bridge to see how people were using all the transportation options out there.  Here's the montage we got.

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Take Transit

Zozo is a large purple creature who likes green transportation and public spaces.  Want to learn more about Zozo? Tune in to The Search for the Zozo for a little Zozo primer.  Also, visit Streets Education to find Zozo resources for teachers.

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Happy Winter Solstice 2011: Make Music NY Comes to the F-Line

Making the darkest day of the year a little brighter, Make Music NY (Winter) decided to hold a series of musical parades on December 21st. One of the events was Thru-Line from James Holt, MATA & The Knights, which took place on the NYC MTA's subway F line.  From 7 to 8 pm, you could hear J.S. Bach performed on every one of its 44 Coney Island Bound subway platforms.

Wanting to go, I also decided to experiment with my new iPad2 as a recording device to see how it would handle indoors in a noisy, busy environment. But it was also a challenge as the event lasted only one hour.  In the end, I got to visit 8 stations and used almost half of everything I shot. There wasn't much time to think about anything, just get off the train, shoot for about 2 or 3 minutes and then jump on the next train. (Oh and to try to get the best sound quality with no trains coming in and out of the station.)

I also edited it in just about 90 minutes. Of course with such beautiful music and the awesome structure of our subway system, these kinds of montages are not very hard to make look wonderful. Next up:  I'll try the iPad outdoors on a sunny day.

Oh and just in case you haven't seen it, we did another one-day turnaround video on Make Music NY's first event back in 2007.

 

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A Case for Open Data in Transit

Ever find yourself waiting for the next bus, not knowing when it will arrive? Think it would be great if you could check a subway countdown clock from the sidewalk? Or get arrival times on your phone? Giving transit riders better information can make riding the bus or the train more convenient and appealing. And transit agencies are finding that the easiest and least expensive way to do it is by opening data about routes, schedules, and real-time locations to software developers, instead of guarding it like a proprietary secret.

I recently got the chance to dive into the topic of open data in transit with my colleagues at OpenPlans. We went up to Boston to see what transit riders got out of the transportation department's decision to open up its data. We also talked to New York MTA Chair Jay Walder, City Council Member Gale Brewer, Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase, and Transportation Alternatives director Paul Steely White to paint a full picture of what it would mean if cities shared their transit and transportation data. The information is there, waiting to be put to use to help people plan transit trips, waste less gas driving, or make their streets safer.

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Bike vs. Car vs. Transit

Transportation Alternatives held its 7th annual Commuter Challenge pitting cyclist, driver, and bus/subway rider in the ultimate showdown of which mode of travel can be quickest (and cheapest!)

In the end, the bike proved swiftest over the 4.5 mile course which began in Brooklyn's Fort Greene and ended in Manhattan's Union Square. Jamie Favaro rolled up in just over 16 minutes and took home the gold and a bouquet of flowers for her efforts. Driver, Emmanuel Fuentebella (22 minutes) parked his car and sprinted to a surprise second place finish. Shortly after, disappointed MTA rider April Greene came in last at 29 minutes. But, as Wiley Norvell noted at the finish line, Transportation Alternatives also measured the carbon footprint of all the the riders and Greene came in a close second behind the cyclist.