/ Wednesday Dec 09,2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Lessons from the MBTA's Green Line Extension

and a Conversation about the Transit Costs Project with Matt Yglesias


Please join Eric Goldwyn, Alon Levy, and Elif Ensari for their first webinar on transit-infrastructure costs. In the webinar, they will present an overview of their research project on transit-infrastructure costs, a detailed case study of the MBTA’s Green Line Extension, and engage you in a conversation moderated by Matthew Yglesias, the author of One Billion Americans and co-founder of Vox.

This will be their first time discussing their case study on the Green Line Extension, which includes more than 40 interviews with people connected to the project, a review of Green Line Extension documents, and historical context on transit-infrastructure costs in the Boston area. They will also provide a link to their write-up on the Green Line Extension.

If you’re curious about why it’s so expensive to build transit infrastructure in the United States and how their research tackles this issue, please register for the webinar.


Eric Goldwyn
Research Scholar / Marron Institute

Eric is a Research Scholar in the Director's Office 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.

Alon Levy
Marron Fellow / Marron Institute

Alon Levy grew up in Tel Aviv and Singapore and has lived in the French Riviera, New York, Providence, Vancouver, and Stockholm, and is currently based in Paris. While earning a Ph.D. in math at Columbia, Alon picked up an interest in public transportation networks, starting from the New York City Subway, and has been investigating how to apply best industry practices from a variety of cities around the world. Alon's perspective is comparative, with interests including network design, integrated planning of transportation and development, and cost control.

Elif Ensari
Research Scholar / Marron Institute

Elif Ensari Research Scholar in the Director's Office at the Marron Institute. She was trained as an architect specializing in architectural design computing. She holds a master’s degree from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SciARC) and a dual Ph.D. degree from Istanbul Technical University and University of Lisbon. Her research utilizes urban analytics to support design and planning for sustainable mobility. She has taught at Istanbul Bilgi, Kadir Has and Izmir Economy Universities. Prior to joining the Marron Institute at NYU, she provided design computing, spatial analysis and visualization services as part of research collaborative Bits’n Bricks in Istanbul.