New York City / Wednesday Oct 17,2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Bus Ridership in NYC

Lunch with Eric Goldwyn

Marron Institute of Urban Management
60 Fifth Avenue, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10011

Bus ridership in New York is falling, fast. To stem the decline, there's a growing consensus that drastic changes to the network are required. As the MTA begins to redesign its bus networks borough by borough, Marron Institute Research Scholar Eric Goldwyn and Marron Institute Fellow Alon Levy took a look at the Brooklyn network in order to move from the principles they have read about and advocated for toward concrete designs. They are combining best industry practices (such as Barcelona's redesign, Nova Xarxa), published literature regarding stop spacing and network structure, and interviews with Brooklyn's bus drivers. In tackling this project, they have focused on different ways to speed up the bus and increase reliability.

In this talk, Eric will detail their network design process and reveal a proposed map that will increase the speed of buses within Brooklyn and allow for higher frequencies across the borough. It is only by improving the performance of the bus, both speed and reliability, that ridership will increase and that the bus will become a worthy transit option in the 21st century.

This event is open to NYU faculty, research staff, and gradtuate students. To RSVP please email 


Eric  Goldwyn
Eric Goldwyn
Research Scholar / Urban Expansion

Eric is a Research Scholar in the NYU Urban Expansion program at the Marron Institute. Eric is currently an affiliated member of the faculty at NYU Shanghai where he is teaching a course entitled Urban Transportation Revolutions during the Spring 2018 semester. He received his PhD in Urban Planning from Columbia University. His dissertation examined transportation planning and policy formation in New York through the lens of Brooklyn’s dollar vans. He has taught courses on urban studies at Hunter College and Barnard College and his writing on cities and transportation technology has been published in academic journals and popular press outlets.