/ Friday May 21,2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

What Should the U.S. Do about High-Speed Rail? A Conversation with Noah Smith


Please join the Transportation and Land-Use program on May 21 at 1:00 p.m. EDT as Bloomberg’s Noah Smith and Fellow Alon Levy discuss their contrasting analyses of high-speed rail (HSR) in the United States. Both Smith (whose article spawned this webinar) and Levy (who responded to Smith) have written about the potential benefits and drawbacks of an HSR program.

In addition to the discussion, the Transportation and Land-Use program will debut its HSR-costs database, which details key characteristics and costs of HSR programs across the globe and serves as a logical extension of their Transit Costs Project database. Please join the Transportation and Land-Use team if you’re curious about HSR or how much it might cost to link San Francisco and Los Angeles, Dallas and Houston, or New York and D.C.


Noah Smith
Bloomberg Opinion Writer / Bloomberg

Noah Smith is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist. He was an assistant professor of finance at Stony Brook University, and he blogs at Noahpinion.

Alon Levy
Fellow / Transportation and Land Use

Alon Levy is a Fellow in the Transportation and Land Use program of the NYU Marron Institute. Alon's work focuses on public transportation and how to apply best practices from cities around the world. 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 Berlin. 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.

Eric Goldwyn
Program Director / Transportation and Land Use
Clinical Assistant Professor / NYU Marron Institute

Eric Goldywn is a program director at the Marron Institute of Urban Management and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Transportation and Land-Use program at the NYU Marron Institute. He received his Ph.D. in Urban Planning from Columbia University. He teaches courses on urban planning and urban studies and his writing on cities and transportation technology has been published in academic journals and popular press outlets. Before starting this project, Eric and Alon worked together on a proposal to redesign Brooklyn’s Bus Network.

Elif Ensari
Research Scholar / Transportation and Land Use

Elif Ensari is a Research Scholar in the Transportation and Land-Use program at the NYU 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 and Columbia Universities. Prior to joining the NYU Marron Institute, she provided design computing, spatial analysis and visualization services as part of research collaborative Bits’n Bricks in Istanbul.