Utilizing Digital Exhaust from Smartphone Applications for Transportation Planning, Continuous Measurement and Market Analysis

This proposal aims to take a critical look at how new technologies used by transit riders can transform transportation. The project is interested in the question “What do riders do after they get travel information?” This research project will explore this question using a new “big data” source generated by travelers looking for real-time transit and shared-mobility information through a smartphone application called Transit App, as well as other large scale data sources. As a backend record of mobility software interactions, the Transit App dataset has the potential to demonstrate how real-time travel information can be used to improve transportation evaluation and planning. The app is widely used by consumers to access information on public transit, ride-hailing (e.g., Uber), car-sharing (e.g., Car2Go), and bike-sharing (e.g., Citi Bike). The authors look to explore the potential for continuous measurement tools to augment existing travel survey and operational data and also increase the information that is available to study transitory travel patterns and seasonal variation in demand and supply of transportation services. Analysis of the massive dataset from Transit App will serve as a demonstration for the potential of using emerging data sources from new rider technologies in the future to improve transportation outcomes.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    University Transportation Research Center

    City College of New York
    Marshak Hall, Suite 910, 160 Convent Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10031
  • Project Managers:

    Eickemeyer, Penny

  • Performing Organizations:

    The College of Staten Island

    Staten Island,   United States 

    City College of New York

    Civil Engineering, Steinman T-127
    140th Street and Convent Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10031
  • Principal Investigators:

    Peters, Jonathan

    Brakewood, Candace

  • Start Date: 20160901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20171130
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01612987
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: University Transportation Research Center
  • Contract Numbers: 49198-43-28
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Oct 4 2016 4:12PM