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Mobility, Economic Opportunity and New York City Neighborhoods

Kaufman, Sarah and Moss, Mitchell L. and Tyndall, Justin and Hernandez, Jorge, Mobility, Economic Opportunity and New York City Neighborhoods (December 29, 2014). NYU Wagner Research Paper No. 2598566. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2598566

“Although public transit provides access to jobs throughout the New York City region, there are actually substantial inequalities in mobility. By focusing on the neighborhood level, the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation has identified communities that are substantially underserved by the public transportation system. The Rudin Center ranked New York City’s 177 neighborhoods according to the number of jobs accessible from the neighborhoods by transit, within 60 minutes and completed by 9:00 a.m. on a Monday morning. This analysis reveals high variation in levels of transit access across New York affect residents’ employment levels, travel modes and incomes. This report seeks to affect the implementation of new policies and transit services to increase economic opportunity for New Yorkers, and ensure that the transportation system is fully leveraged to connect workers with jobs. These improvements will benefit all New Yorkers’ access to job opportunities and economic mobility.”

National Recall of Takata Air Bags

“If your vehicle is manufactured by BMW, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru or Toyota, you might be affected by a national recall on air bags. Check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website using the VIN search tool to confirm whether your individual vehicle is affected by this recall, or by searching by VIN onContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Airport Finance, Domestic Food Assistance, Federal Employees Compensation, Older Adults, Surface Ships

Airport Finance: Information on Funding Sources and Planned Capital Development, GAO-15-306: Published: Apr 28, 2015. Publicly Released: May 20, 2015. Army Force Structure: Observations about Aviation Restructuring and Other Relevant Force Structure Challenges, D10389: May 20, 2015 Contingent Workforce: Size, Characteristics, Earnings, and Benefits, GAO-15-168R: Published: Apr 20, 2015. Publicly Released: May 20, 2015. DomesticContinue Reading

2015 Cars Gain MPGs, CAFE Goals in Reach if Gains Continue

“According to a new Consumer Federation of America analysis of 1,163 of this year’s new vehicles, fuel efficiency continues to increase for 2015 on a model by model basis. However, individual car company fleets, are backsliding on their overall fuel economy performance. From 2014 to 2015, the percent of vehicles with an Environmental Protection AgencyContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Afghanistan, Nutrition Assistance, Rural Housing, School Meals, Aviation Safety, Defense Contracting, Regulatory Guidance Process

Afghanistan: Embassy Construction Cost and Schedule Have Increased, and Further Facilities Planning Is Needed, GAO-15-410: Published: May 19, 2015. Publicly Released: May 19, 2015. Nutrition Assistance: Actions Needed to Address Potential Online Sales of Infant Formula, GAO-15-605T: Published: May 19, 2015. Publicly Released: May 19, 2015. Rural Housing Service: Progress on GAO Recommendations and PreliminaryContinue Reading

DOT announces Fiat Chrysler public hearing and issues special order

News release: “U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that the Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will hold a public hearing to determine whether automaker Fiat Chrysler has failed to remedy safety defects and issue required notices in 20 recalls. During the July 2 hearing, witnesses from NHTSA, the automaker, and the publicContinue Reading

Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis

“Welcome to the FRA Office of Safety Analysis Web Site. The purpose of this site is to make railroad safety information including accidents and incidents, inventory and highway-rail crossing data readily available to the public.  Site users can run dynamic queries, download a variety of safety database files, publications and forms, and view current statisticalContinue Reading

2014 Capital Bikeshare Member Survey Report

“This report [April 3, 2015] presents the results of the November 2014 Capital Bikeshare Customer Use and Satisfaction Surveyconducted for the Capital Bikeshare program (Capital Bikeshare), a program jointly owned and sponsored by the District of Columbia, Arlington County, VA, the City of Alexandria, VA, and Montgomery County, MD, and operated by Motivate International, Inc.Continue Reading

New GAO Reports – Coast Guard Acquisitions, Information Management, International Education Assistance, Military Personnel, UN, Unmanned Aerial Systems

Coast Guard Acquisitions: As Major Assets are Fielded, Overall Portfolio Remains Unaffordable, GAO-15-620T: Published: May 14, 2015. Publicly Released: May 14, 2015. Information Management: Additional Actions Are Needed to Meet Requirements of the Managing Government Records Directive, GAO-15-339: Published: May 14, 2015. Publicly Released: May 14, 2015. International Education Assistance: USAID Has Implemented Primary GradeContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Aviation Security, Border Security, Indian Affairs, Medicaid Demonstrations, North Korea Sanctions

Aviation Security: TSA Has Taken Steps to Improve Oversight of Key Programs, but Additional Actions Are Needed, GAO-15-559T: Published: May 13, 2015. Publicly Released: May 13, 2015. Border Security: Progress and Challenges in DHS’s Efforts to Implement and Assess Infrastructure and Technology, GAO-15-595T: Published: May 13, 2015. Publicly Released: May 13, 2015. Indian Affairs: FurtherContinue Reading

American Bicyclists 2015 rankings of the most bicycle-friendly states

“Every year, the League ranks all 50 states on their bikeability.  We do this based on a mutli-faceted Bicycle Friendly State questionnaire that is answered by each state’s Bicycle Coordinator. We look at five categories: Legislation & Enforcement, Policies & Programs, Infrastructure & Funding, Education & Encouragement, and Evaluation & Planning. Click here to downloadContinue Reading

Consumer Watchdog Calls On Google To Release Driverless Car Accident Reports

“Consumer Watchdog today called on Google to release the reports of accidents involving its driverless cars that have been filed with the California Department of Motor Vehicles and to commit to making public all future driverless car accident reports.  “It is important that the public know what happened,” wrote John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s PrivacyContinue Reading