data

Effective prioritization of curbside usage: data gaps and infrastructure limitations

By Saumya Jain Owing to the rising popularity of ecommerce, expedited deliveries, ride-hailing services, and micromobility options, curb space is in demand now more than ever. Because curbside is a public property, the burden of efficiently allocating this commodity comes down to city officials.

Big Data sources for understanding non-motorized travel patterns

By Saumya Jain Researchers from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute recently published a paper that discusses the top sources for individually-acquired pedestrian and bicycle travel data assimilated from a variety of sources. This could help us understand how to solve the complexities of

Using Big Data for estimating VMT and reliable travel patterns

By Saumya Jain For the longest time we’ve relied on the Highway Performance Monitoring System for understanding travel patterns and estimating vehicle miles of travel. But these estimates often have not been very accurate because of inadequacies in data collection. Big data is providing more

Is there bias in GPS enabled smartphone cycling app data?

By Michael Brenneis Smartphones with GPS tracking ability are capable of collecting large amounts of pedestrian and cyclist movement data. But do tracking apps developed largely for athletic or route-planning use capture the big picture of where pedestrians and cyclists travel and what

Bellevue, WA, plans to use AI to leverage cameras for safety

by Michael Brenneis Agencies that aspire to achieve zero traffic fatalities need to know where to invest for the biggest crash reductions. Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are allowing DOTs to leverage their existing camera technology in order to extract large quantities of data that can

Researcher launches open source accessibility toolbox

By Michael Brenneis and Chris McCahill DOTs and planning agencies interested in measuring access to destinations have a growing number of packages and data sources to choose from. Folks not looking to reinvent the wheel are turning to shiny products like Citilabs’ Sugar Access, Conveyal, and

Los Angeles and San Francisco using data to target Vision Zero efforts

By Robbie Webber As cities commit to Vision Zero, they have started to examine intersections and roadway segments with high crash rates, serious injuries, and fatalities to pedestrians. What they have found is that a small percent of roadways account for a large portion of serious crashes. And

Chicago opens TNC data to the public

By Eric Sundquist Getting data from transportation network companies for planning and other purposes has been a challenge. Agencies want to understand where TNCs are operating in order to address curb management, congestion, and transit-cannibalization issues. “It’s not necessarily that we

Parking, ride-hailing, and shifting traveler needs

By Chris McCahill According to a new study out of Denver, one-quarter of ride-hailing trips replace driving, which reduces the need for parking, particularly at specific land uses. Difficulty parking is also a key reason people are shifting to ride-hailing services, which suggests that places

Connected cars and data sharing to improve road safety?

By Saumya Jain Wide scale advancements in technology and data sharing has brought about a change in the decision-making process of many sectors. The healthcare, finance, and entertainment industries all depend on a steady feed of information in order to make business decisions. But data sharing