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New York University
transportation, technology, smart cities, Uber, ridesharing, hackathon
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About Me

Sarah M. Kaufman is Assistant Director for Technology Programming at the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation, where she researches, advocates for and educates about cutting-edge technologies in transportation. She focuses on crowdsourcing, open data and social media in urban transportation systems. Ms. Kaufman created the popular Short Talks, Big Ideas event series, an exchange of innovative projects and ideas between transportation thinkers and practitioners, and manages the Rudin Center’s web presence at

She leads several projects related to improving transportation through technology: Intelligent Paratransit, to rethink how we transport seniors and the disabled; Emerging Leaders in Transportation Fellowship, a program to enhance innovation at all levels of transportation planning and policymaking; and Job Access, a comparative study of how livelihoods are affected by level of access to mass transit in New York City.

Recent Publications

Sarah M. Kaufman, Mitchell L. Moss, Jorge Hernandez and Justin Tyndall. Mobility, Economic Opportunity and New York City Neighborhoods. NYU Rudin Center for Transportation, November 2015.

Mitchell L. Moss, Sam Levy, Jorge Hernandez, Jeff Ferzoco and Sarah M. Kaufman. Manhattan moves, even with the Pope. NYU Rudin Center for Transportation, September 22, 2015.

Sarah M. Kaufman, Lily Gordon-Koven, Nolan Levenson and Mitchell L. Moss. Citi Bike: The First Two Years. NYU Rudin Center, June 2015.

Kaufman, Sarah. Co-Monitoring for Transit Management. NYU Rudin Center for Transportation, February 2014.

Sarah M. Kaufman and Susan Bregman. What’s the Worst That Can Happen? Social Media Protocols and Policies. In Best Practices for Transportation Agency Use of Social Media, CRC Press, October 2, 2013.

Sarah M. Kaufman. Social Media in Disaster Preparation, Response, and Recovery. TR News, July-August 2013: Logistics of Disaster Response.

Media Coverage
  • “Google’s City-Fixing ‘Sidewalk Labs’ Is Finally Getting to Work,” Wired, 2/23/16
  • “Regulating Uber,” NBC Nightly News, 01/11/2016
  • “Regulating Uber and Lyft,” Fox 5 News, 12/17/2015
  • “Initiative seeks tech upgrade for Access-A-Ride,” Politico New York, 11/10/2015
  • “The Great Subway Map War of 1978, revisited,” The Verge, 10/29/2015
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