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NextGen Data Center

There has been a significant amount of data analysis that has been completed as part of the NextGen Bus Study, which has both enhanced and validated the community feedback received to date. This data analysis has included:

  • Market research (surveys and focus groups) to understand the different types of customers and what they need and want in transit service;
  • Travel demand analysis using Transit Access Pass (TAP) and Automatic Passenger Counters for transit demand and cell phone location data for all travel demand to understand when, where and how far people travel as well as transit’s competitiveness and market share;
  • Transit propensity analysis to identify areas where the willingness to use transit is the greatest based on three main characteristics: 1) significantly large transit market segments including areas of equity focus, 2) intensity of travel demand, and 3) transit supportive built environment; and
  • Existing service evaluation by line, segment and corridor to understand what parts of the system are working well, and what parts need adjustment.

Each type of data analysis provides a portion of the overall understanding of when and where transit can be successful and how to provide the maximum benefit to those who need or want to use transit to access opportunities. By clicking on the items and links below, you will be able to explore the data being used. Please note that directions on how to utilize each application will be provided just below the link and/or in a sidebar once the link is opened.

Corridor Segment Performance
Displays the level of activity at each of Metro’s bus stops, with the red dots representing high activity. Detailed information on the number of boardings, on and off, can be found by simply clicking each dot/stop.

Corridor Segment Performance
Displays how full, on average, the buses are on segments of each route. The darker the color represents segments of a route where buses are fuller.

Corridor Segment Performance
Displays how often buses are arriving at stops for segments of each route, with the red lines showing they most frequent segments.

Corridor Segment Performance
Displays volumes of daily trip origins per census tract, including both transit trips (recorded by TAP data) and overall trips (car, transit, etc.).

Corridor Segment Performance
Displays the pattern of where current transit riders are starting and ending their trips (based on TAP card data).

Corridor Segment Performance
Displays how far riders typically travel along the corridor based on their starting point, with darker red dots indicating longer trip lengths. Click on a starting point to display the average length.

Corridor Segment Performance
Displays which segments have the most ridership and are the most productive.

Corridor Segment Performance
This tool allows you to explore monthly ridership stats, line level trends, and historical information.

Corridor Segment Performance
Areas where the propensity to use transit is the greatest embody three main characteristics. First, there is a significantly large population of transit market segments, including people who rely on transit for most of their travel, commuters and students who use transit for work and school trips, and discretionary riders who choose transit for some or all their trips. Second, is the intensity of travel demand to and from areas based on population and employment densities, retail and entertainment, colleges and universities, and other trip generators. For NextGen, cell phone location data is also being used to identify areas of greatest travel intensity. Finally, a pedestrian oriented street environment is also critical, including safe and well lighted pathways, sidewalks and curb-cuts, grid street network, and level topography. This map allows you to explore how likely people are to use transit in specific areas based on these characteristics. To do so, open the “Layers List” and select which layers you would like to view on the left-hand side of the screen.

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