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Big Data | Software Updates

5 Inspirational Chord Diagrams: Visualizing Data

August 3, 2018

Data visualization is one of our favorite topics here at StreetLight Data. Since we first got started in 2011, our team has iterated on countless visualization options for our transportation analytics. Bar graphs and heat maps have long served as our trusty standbys – but these days, we’re thinking bigger. In our latest software release, we added two brand-new visualization types to StreetLight InSight®: the “heat matrix” and the “chord diagram.” You can join our upcoming training session to find out how these new visualizations work.  In this blog article, I’ll share five fascinating chord diagrams to show you why they’re becoming my #1 go-to StreetLight InSight visualization. (New to StreetLight Data? StreetLight InSight is our on-demand transportation analytics platform.)

So, why get so excited about a new type of diagram? Well, chord diagrams are a particularly powerful tool for analyzing complex, interconnected data streams. Unlike travel pattern heat maps, our chord diagrams allow you to quickly comprehend the magnitude of different flows, and compare the flow of traffic between several areas at once. The thickness is more intuitive for comparing total trip volume and scale than colors on a heat map. As you’ll see in the examples that follow, chord diagrams are useful not only for transportation but for all types of data analysis.

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Big Data | Smart Cities | Traffic | Transportation

Commutes Across America – Where are the Longest Trips to Work? Part 2

April 1, 2018

After a long day at work, you probably want to get home as soon as possible. But, on most days, that’s easier said than done.

Today, commutes across America are longer than ever – and they’re increasing. The average American commutes 52 minutes to work each day, for a total of 4 hours and 20 minutes per week. Think of all the productive ways you could be spending that time, rather than sitting in your car or crammed in a crowded subway.

In our last blog about commutes, we explored where some of the longest commutes to work are in America. Now, let’s learn more about why areas have long commutes and how Big Data can be used by transportation planners to help mitigate this problem

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Big Data | Smart Cities | Traffic | Transportation

Commutes Across America – Where are the Longest Trips to Work? Part 1

March 13, 2018

Are you tired of the long drive to and from work? This is probably the most tiresome, frustrating part of your day. And, you’re not alone. Everyone on the roadway probably feels the same!

To better understand commutes across America, StreetLight Data has compiled information on where commutes are the longest. Explore this article to find out why it’s important to understand commute travel patterns and to discover the top five states and cities with the longest commutes.
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Big Data | Case Studies | Transportation

Minnesota Department of Transportation Taps StreetLight Data to Bring New Traffic Intelligence to Everything From the Super Bowl to the Minnesota State Fair

October 10, 2017

We’re excited to share that StreetLight Data has a new public agency partner: Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). The agency recently signed up for a one-year pilot of our Regional Subscription to StreetLight InSight®, the first online platform that turns Big Data from mobile devices into transportation Metrics.

MnDOT’s Regional Subscription provides designated users with unlimited access to StreetLight InSight for Metrics in the state of Minnesota (and a buffer area). That means MnDOT’s Regional Subscription users can design and run as many StreetLight InSight transportation studies as desired to during their subscription term – without any incremental costs or additional procurement processes.

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Big Data | Traffic | Transportation

5 Urban Transportation Challenges that Big Data Can Help You Solve

March 30, 2017

Transportation planners today face a ton of challenges as they work to build efficient, safe, and sustainable urban transportation systems. From rising congestion to increased demand for public transit, the travel behavior and transportation preferences of modern city dwellers are changing fast. These challenges raise complicated questions for urban transportation planners; for example, “How do we handle the rise of ride hailing apps? If we add more public transit options, will people use them? How do we minimize the impact of construction if we do expand public transit? And how do we pay for all of this?”

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Big Data | Transportation

3 Challenges With Transportation Data and How to Solve Them

January 5, 2017

At the heart of every transportation project lies the need for mobility data. But actually getting accurate, comprehensive data in a cost-effective, appropriate, and timely manner is not always easy. Many transportation planners must rely on costly, outdated data or use time-consuming, assumption-based models to estimate behavior. Although surveys and sensors can certainly reveal important insights, planners who rely solely on conventional data collection tools often struggle to answer important travel behavior questions empirically, accurately, and comprehensively. But transportation planners can take control and get better results by taking advantage of new, more cost-effective, and more efficient data collection and analysis tools. In this blog post, we’ll discuss three key transportation data challenges, and how to overcome them by collecting data that is current and precise, and that describes real-world travel patterns. read more

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Transportation

10 Ways External Trips Impact Transportation Planning

December 8, 2016

External trip estimation is one of the most important measures for planning departments across the country. Like all kinds of travel, external trips cause wear and tear on local roads and contribute to traffic jams. But unlike your local residents, drivers simply passing through your community don’t contribute to your local economy. They’re not stopping to eat or shop. In this blog post, we've identified 10 ways that these trips can impact transportation planning in your community. 

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Transportation

Don’t Neglect External Trip Estimation. Do Collect Good Data.

November 3, 2016

Transportation planning has always been an important task of local government. Improving community accessibility, safety, and health are just some of the objectives. But external trip estimation is a facet of planning that’s often overlooked, especially by small- and medium-sized communities.

However, pass-through trips (also called external-external trips or external trips) are a trip type that may make up a large portion of travel in your municipality. read more

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