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Planning like its 2099: The use and distribution of smartphone transit applications in Chicago,Illinois

Feakins, Jonathan (2013) Planning like its 2099: The use and distribution of smartphone transit applications in Chicago,Illinois. In: 1st International Conference on Innovation and Sustainability (ICOIS 2013), 3-4 April 2013, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Unpublished)

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Public transit provides an indispensable service to many of those who make major cities their home.At the same time, smartphones have become a commonplace but powerful piece of consumer technology, whose relevance to its users' daily lives only promises to increase in the years to come.This paper discusses the intersection of these two fields, in the form of smartphone applications that provide realtime public transit information.Using data from the server logs of two real-time transit applications (Any Stop and TreKing), transit application users in Chicago, Illinois are compared with overall ridership of local public transit, to determine if they are analogous.Using odds ratio and scatter plots,it can be shown that these two groups ride transit in markedly similar manners: smartphone users demonstrate classic usage peaks during both morning and evening rush hours, and their ridership across one hundred and thirty transit routes parallels overall transit usage with 70-86% accuracy.Aggregate travel data also illustrates overall patterns in how and why smartphone owners use their devices to navigate public transit.This paper then considers variables that might account for discrepancies between these two populations: recorded transit app usage demonstrated negative correlation with factors such as total hours of service and number of stops. positive correlation for spatial complexity, and statistically insignificant or inconclusive results for route length, stops per mile, and buses per hour.This type of crowdsourced, realtime travel data could very well provide transit planners with substantial insights into public transit, which might then be used to improve city transit services.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Organizer: School of Government, UUM College of Law, Government and International Studies, Universiti Utara Malaysia; Partner with: Sunway University & HUSO
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: College of Law, Government and International Studies
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2013 00:21
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2013 00:21
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/8859

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