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Our 2017 Year in Review

It’s been an exciting year for StreetLight Data. From bringing on major new customers like Minnesota DOT and Ohio DOT to doubling the size of our Big Data sample, we have been on a roll. And that’s not all – we also added more than 25 new features and Metrics to StreetLight InSight®. In this blog post, I’ll share some of our top highlights from the last year.

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Big Data  |  Transportation  |  public transit

Measuring Travel Behavior for Special Events: Who Goes to Warriors Games at Oracle Arena?

2017 has been a really busy year for the StreetLight Data Engineering team – and as Sr. Sales Engineer, I really appreciate their hard work. In today’s blog post, I’ll give you an in-depth introduction to one of my favorite new features in the StreetLight InSight® platform - “Customizing Your Own Data Period.” (For those that don’t know: StreetLight InSight is our easy-to-use web application for transforming Big Data into transportation analytics).

When we launched this feature, I was immediately reminded of the work I used to do at San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART)the regional heavy rail transit system that many Californians rely on everyday. Ensuring we had sufficient capacity in the system to accommodate special events was important – and it could be a challenge. We would regularly develop new service plans and even add special event trains to the schedule to deal with the crows and their unique travel patterns.

To show you how this new feature works, I’ll walk you through an analysis I did on home games for the Golden State Warriors basketball team in March 2017. I was working at BART at this time, and it was a big year for the Warriors – they won the NBA championship, and they also made a major decision to relocate from their home in Oakland’s Oracle Arena to a new venue in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco, California. That move is anticipated in 2019, and it promises to change the travel behavior of home game attendees.

Keep reading for all the details on our new Customize Your Data Period feature – and to find out about what the Warriors’ move might mean for travel patterns on game days in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Big Data  |  Corridor Studies  |  Transportation

The Segment Analysis: A Better Way to Measure Corridor Travel Behavior with StreetLight InSight®

We’ve added a brand-new type of analysis to StreetLight InSight®: the Segment Analysis. This feature helps you measure corridor travel behavior faster and more comprehensively. In this blog post, we’ll show you how the feature works and walk you through three great ways to use it:

  • Diagnosing the Cause of Congestion
  • Multimodal Planning
  • Before-and-After Studies

For a demo of this new feature and more, watch our recorded webinar.


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Big Data  |  Detours  |  Transportation

The Big Picture: Big Data for Detour Planning

If you’re like many drivers today, your heart sinks when you see an orange road sign with the word “DETOUR.” Suddenly, you remember the flashing highway sign that warned you in advance that construction was coming. In today’s busy world, you simply forgot and did not prepare. As you join the hundreds of other drivers who are now taking a circuitous journey around much-needed construction, you realize that you’re going to be late.

But with the right data tools, transportation planners can make these frustrating detour experiences much better. When planning major transportation projects such as construction and lane closures, it is essential to identify the best alternate routes to reduce traffic disruption – that’s something we can all understand. But it’s time to change the way we identify them. Learn more about using Big Data to improve detour planning in this blog post.

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Transportation  |  public transit

Our Top 5 List of Transportation Entertainment: Transit Edition

Can’t get enough transportation in your life? Neither can we! Here at StreetLight Data, we’re pretty serious transportation nerds! As we settle down to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with our loved ones, we’ve been thinking about all the different transportation-related transportation movies, books, and more that we can enjoy.

Since we're also getting ready for a great webinar on multimodal planning with the City of Toronto (register here!), we’re sharing our top 5 transit-related movies, books, and TV shows in this blog post. Enjoy!

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Big Data  |  Commercial Trucks  |  Traffic  |  Transportation

Are We Ready for Autonomous Vehicles?

At this point, it seems clear that autonomous vehicles are on the verge of technical feasibility. Just last week, Waymo announced that it is testing self-driving minivans without a human back-up in the front seat. Its employees will be riding in the back with an emergency stop button – but no steering wheel. But do these technical advances mean that we’re ready for AVs? How should we manage the non-technical aspects of AV deployment to ensure they achieve promised improvements in safety and accessibility?

I decided to write this article to address these issues after participating in the Intelligent Transportation System World Congress earlier this month. There were tons of panels focused on autonomous vehicles, and I was lucky enough to be speak on one that dove into the critical questions for civic leaders and transportation professionals. We went beyond technical readiness to ask ourselves if should we deploy AVs, and, if so, how should we deploy them?

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