Social-Transportation Analytic Toolbox (STAT) for Transit Networks

This research project will build an open-source socio-transportation analytic (STAT) toolbox for public transit system planning, in an effort to integrate social media and general transit feed specification (GTFS) data for transit agencies in evaluating and enhancing the performance of public transit system. This toolbox is novel and essential to transit agencies in two aspects. First, it enables the integration, analysis and visualization of two major new open transportation data: social media and GTFS data, to support transit decision making. Second, it allows transit agencies to evaluate service network efficiency and access equity of transit systems in a cohesive manner, and identify areas for improvement to better achieve these multi-dimensional objectives. The toolbox will employ a combination of data mining, geographical information systems, and transportation network modeling. The STAT will be an open-source toolbox and will be made publicly available. The project team will engage two transit agencies, the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) and TriMet, to evaluate the usability of the toolbox. It will assist agencies in evaluating the overall system performance and identifying existing public transit connectivity gap, particularly for disadvantaged populations in reaching essential services. It can also act as a decision support tool for recommending improvements (e.g., prioritize the stations and routes, identify the necessity for introducing a new line within existing infrastructure, etc.) The project ties to the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) theme of improving mobility of people and creating vibrant communities. The project team expects that it can be adapted over time to cover different geographies and incorporate new data sources. In addition to serving transit agency staff, the tool can be used in university curriculum and by advocacy organizations engaged in transportation decision-making. Finally, the project lays the foundation for NITC developing other open-source tools using big data.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    NITC 1080

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    University of Utah, Salt Lake City

    City & Metropolitan Planning
    201 South Presidents Circle
    Salt Lake City, UT  United States  84112

    Utah Department of Transportation

    4501 South 2700 West
    Project Development
    Salt Lake City, UT  United States  84114-8380

    Utah Transit Authority

    3600 South 700 West, P.O. Box 30810
    Salt Lake City, UT  United States  84130
  • Managing Organizations:

    TREC at Portland State University

    1900 SW Fourth Ave, Suite 175
    P.O. Box 751
    Portland, Oregon  United States  97201
  • Project Managers:

    Hagedorn, Hau

  • Performing Organizations:

    Portland State University

    Urban Studies and Planning
    P.O. Box 751
    Portland, Oregon  United States  97207

    University of Utah, Salt Lake City

    College of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering
    Salt Lake City, UT  United States  84112-0561
  • Principal Investigators:

    Liu, Cathy

    Golub, Aaron

    Wang, Liming

    Wei, Ran

  • Start Date: 20170601
  • Expected Completion Date: 20181231
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01640083
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Institute for Transportation and Communities
  • Contract Numbers: NITC 1080
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 30 2017 5:49PM