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Largest-ever transit data comparison tool unveiled

Posted on April 21, 2016

AllTransit screenshot of transit in New York City.
AllTransit screenshot of transit in New York City.
The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and TransitCenter unveiled a first-of-its-kind interactive online tool to help people understand the value of transit in their communities.

AllTransit aggregates information from over 543,000 transit stops, 800 transit agencies and 15,000 routes nationwide — a collection of data of unprecedented breadth about transit connectivity, access and frequency. The tool not only provides a better understanding of the quality of transit service, but goes a step further by assessing how access to public transportation affects health, equity and economic development.

“Using AllTransit, transit advocates will be able to find data and statistics to support advocacy efforts with greater ease than ever before. Planners can quickly examine where transit is lacking in their communities. Small-business owners can visualize the impact of transit on their customers. And, journalists will have a simple, fast way to access transit data to inform their reporting,” said Scott Bernstein, president of the Center for Neighborhood Technology.

AllTransit also introduces a dynamic new way to measure the quality of transit: the AllTransit Performance Score, which combines data on connectivity, job access, frequency of service and commuting habits. The result is the most comprehensive assessment of transit quality at the local level than has ever been available to the public, according to CNT.

AllTransit screenshot of Transit Performance Score for New York.
AllTransit screenshot of Transit Performance Score for New York.
“AllTransit offers tremendous potential to increase our understanding of the value that high-quality transit provides American communities, by visualizing transit’s impact on job access, economic development, urban mobility, and social equity outcomes,” said David Bragdon, executive director of TransitCenter.

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