The Montreal-based app Transit is based on an unorthodox assumption: trip planning limited to directions from Point A to Point B doesn’t actually fit the needs of most riders, who travel the same route every day. “[The idea] we started with at Transit was to give the information of the next bus at the stop [where […]
Yesterday, analyst Bruce Schaller published a groundbreaking report on the effect of Uber and other ride-hailing services on New York City streets and traffic. Schaller relied on copious trip data from ride-hailing companies to produce the report. But that same data, would not be obtainable under the disclosure provisions in Governor Cuomo's statewide "Uber" bill.
Most places in the U.S. still use 20th century metrics to measure the performance of transportation systems. The emphasis is still on moving cars, not improving transit service or reducing traffic injuries. One of the exceptions is DC, where the DOT is letting people assess streets according to a different set of priorities.
What if I told you that in the past year, the 4 train had a weekday “wait assessment” of 70 percent, down 1 percent from the previous year? Unless you’re a dyed in the wool transit geek, your eyes would probably glaze over. But what if I told you that on average, 4 train riders lose […]