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Cars Clogging New York? Most Are From the City

New York Times, Jan. 12, 2007, page 1

By examining a wealth of data collected by government agencies, a detailed and often surprising portrait of traffic in New York City emerges.

"There's a lot of myths, and when you look at the data, the myths go pop, pop, pop, one by one," said Bruce Schaller, a transportation consultant who has studied regional traffic patterns.


That Wild Taxi Ride Is Safer Than You Think, a Study Says

New York Times, April 28, 2006

In a city where almost everyone has a story about zigzagging through traffic in a hair-raising, white-knuckled cab ride, a new traffic safety study may come as a surprise: It finds that taxis are pretty safe.


Let Traffic Flow and So Will Commerce, Groups Tell City

New York Times, February 23, 2006

Mr. Schaller's analysis, entitled "Necessity or Choice: Why People Drive to Manhattan," raises questions about how passenger cars affect the city's economy. It found that most people who drive into Manhattan below 60th Street do so because of the comfort and convenience of their cars, ignoring easily available public transportation.


Study Says Road Upkeep Will Take $9 Billion Outlay

New York Times, March 22, 2005

New York State should spend at least $9 billion over the next five years to prevent the deterioration of highways and bridges and reduce traffic congestion in the five boroughs and the surrounding suburbs, according to a New York University study to be released today.


Taxi Feud Turns Ugly at Kursky Station

Moscow Times, August 11, 2004

New Yorkers, for example, remember the numerous gypsy cabs that roamed the city's streets in the 1960s, '70s and even '80s. But in the late 1980s, the authorities decided to get tough with the gypsy cabdrivers.

The one crucial ingredient for success, though, is that "you have to have a pretty incorruptible police," Schaller said by telephone from New York.

"It can change, but it will take a long, long time," he said.


46 Years in Cab, Recalling That Tip From Marilyn

New York Times, Dec. 7, 2003, p. 1.

These days, owner-drivers like Mr. Goldstein account for less than a third of New York City cabs, and when those who lease their cabs for a second shift are factored in, the chances of getting an owner-driver when hailing a cab are less than one in six, according to Bruce Schaller, a consultant for the taxi industry. In contrast, during the 1970's, almost every driver on the road owned his cab.

Studies show that owner-drivers provide better service, have fewer accidents and know the city better, Mr. Schaller said. "It's like renting versus owning your own house," he said. "Who keeps up the place better?"


Finding the Intersection of Supply and Demand

New York Times, Nov. 23, 2003, p. B1.

Cab use goes down in New York City almost in direct correlation to declines in employment at restaurants and bars, declines the city has experienced recently, said Bruce Schaller, a former Taxi and Limousine Commission policy director who runs a cab research and consulting firm.


Amid Talk of Increasing Transit Fares, a Study Calls for a Cut

New York Times, Nov. 18, 2002

A new study of New York City subway and bus fares recommends lowering the $1.50 base fare and introducing several new MetroCard fare options as part of an effort to increase ridership and make discounts more accessible to low-income riders.


Fare Games

The New Yorker, March 18, 2002

"There are times of the day and parts of midtown where it is virtually impossible to find a cab," Bruce Schaller, the transportation consultant who designed the study, told me last week.


N.Y. Cabbies Are Missing Their Calling

Washington Post, March 26, 2002

New York cabbies have to pass physical exams, drug tests and exams for English proficiency and driver awareness -- requirements that took two decades to evolve, said Bruce Schaller, a consultant and former policy director of the Taxi and Limousine Commission.


Masses in Transit, to Anywhere but Work

New York Times, June 20, 2002

But more significantly, [the study] shows that the city seems to be in the midst of a return to the kind of relationship it had with mass transit several decades ago, before the Robert Moses era and the rise of the automobile. "What has happened here is that the transit system has essentially been reincorporated back into people's life outside of work," Mr. Schaller said.


A New York Question: Shall We Walk, or Do We Have Time to Take a Bus?

New York Times, June 10, 2002

Known as bus rapid transit, the concept, long in use in Europe, Asia and South America, is something like crossing a subway line with a bus line. Instead of buses loading as they always have, with lines of people trooping slowly up the steps and paying near the driver, bus rapid transit allows people to pay before they board, at street stations that work much the way subway stations do.


In Switch, Transit Ridership Outpaces Cars, Study Finds

New York Times, August 8, 2001

In the 1990's, for the first time since before World War II, the growth in public transit ridership outstripped the growth in auto use in the five boroughs, according to the study. In effect, the reversal suggests that the Robert Moses era, in which highway expansion and automobiles were favored at the expense of public transit, has come to an end.


Riders Knew, Study Confirms It: Taxis Harder to Find

New York Times, March 17, 2000

The analysis confirms what anyone who relies on cabs almost anywhere in Manhattan already knows: the city's surging economy is increasing the demand for a taxi supply that has not increased in several years. And the imbalance is beginning to show.


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