Cities Use Commuter Data to Improve Transit Equity
Transport platform enables city officials to better understand their citizens' commutes
With commute times constantly increasing and transit passes becoming prohibitively expensive, transportation is one of the biggest barrier to social mobility. Lower-income Americans spend almost quarter of the annual income on daily commutes, compared to higher-income Americans who spend about one tenth. Creating more roads, bus stops or metro lines is not always an available solution, since many cities are already struggling to maintain the existing ones. However, the U.S. Department of Transportation, Smart City Challenge finalists and Sidewalk Labs are partnering to create a more cost effective solution: Flow, a transport coordination platform that uses data analytics and citizen engagement.