September 11th Memorial Program: Available Internships
Pedestrian Safety Issues at New York City Gas Station Curb Cuts - NYCDOT
Gas stations have been identified as hot spots for pedestrian injury, and many of these gas stations have curb cuts that do not conform to current safety standards. The intern will perform a pedestrian safety analysis of curb-cuts and non-standard curb cuts at gas stations, write a white paper on the regulatory environment for gas stations and gas station curb cuts, and develop an action plan for the mitigation of this gas station safety problem through physical design solutions and a political and regulatory strategy.
Transit Signal Priority Report – NYMTC Staff
Transit Signal Priority, as part of Intelligent Transportation Systems, attempts to reduce transit travel delays at signalized intersections, which can both improve transit reliability and improve customer experience. The intern will draft a report discussing the impact of Transit Signal Priority on the travel speeds, travel time, congestion, delay, and air quality in the New York Metropolitan area.
Automatic Vehicle Location Data Mining, Visualization, and Dashboard Functionality - NYCDOT
The NYCDOT Hunts Point Clean Truck Program (CTP) is a rebate program that encourages the retirement and replacement of older diesel trucks, that are based in or frequent Hunt’s Point, Bronx (a major distribution center), with newer, less polluting models. The program requires applicants to use their new trucks in South Bronx at least twice a week and show that most vehicle miles traveled occurs in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area; compliance reporting is facilitated by Automatic Vehicle Locators (AVL) which are attached to these trucks. The intern will evaluate the AVL data and propose database and visualization tools to support the analysis and evaluation of the CTP as well as other NYCDOT programs.
Health Impact Assessment of Congested Highway Facilities on Vulnerable Communities in NYC – NYMTC Staff
This project will assess the public health effects of highway facilities on adjacent communities. The intern will review both the relevant literature and NYMTC air quality conformity determination reports, identify and map vulnerable communities using census data, spatially analyze socioeconomic and demographic forecasts in the context of proposed modifications to state highway facilities, and draft a final report summarizing their findings.
Community Planning Initiatives – NYMTC Staff
This project will develop enhanced outreach and planning linkages with communities of concern throughout NYMTC’s planning area as defined in NYMTC’s Title VI program. It will include outreach to local elected officials, identification of community-based organizations, identification of community newspapers and other media and scheduling and execution of community town hall meetings to identify planning issues and gather suggestions for improved outreach.
The Relative Contribution of Individual Select Bus Service Elements on Bus Route Performance – NYCDOT
Select Bus Service (SBS) in NYC uses a variety of operational and infrastructural elements (i.e. bus bulbs, off-board fare collection, etc.) to pursue better bus service. However, there is variation in how those elements are applied to various SBS routes throughout the city. This variation creates a natural experiment whereby a researcher can attempt to test how and how much individual elements improve bus service. The intern will analyze various data sources to assess and write a report on the impact of individual operational and service elements on bus speed and service reliability.
How are other transit agencies conducting customer surveys and passenger counts - MTA
Intern will research how other transit agencies conduct customer surveys and passenger counts, both nationally and internationally. Intern will write a report on the different methodologies and existing best practices.
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