The Seven Newest (and Coolest) Data Stories in Remix

Tamara Lima

Director of Customer Insights

Data needs to be seen in its proper context to truly shine. That is why data in Remix is layered and interactive so that you can better assess impacts and highlight trade-offs.

Several months into this pandemic, cities across the world have continued to show immense resourcefulness and creativity. To better support the emerging needs that they’re discovering as they navigate new challenges, our team at Remix has also been hustling to broaden the scope of data analysis that can be done in our platform.

We believe that data needs to be seen in its proper context to truly shine. Data in isolation can be distracting, confusing, or even misleading, whereas relevant, well-visualized data can illuminate previously hidden patterns and help you draw connections that you’d never have seen otherwise. Now that we’ve brought these additional, interactive datasets into Remix, you can layer the information onto your maps and network designs to better assess impacts and highlight trade-offs.

Here are the latest interactive datasets in Remix that we’re most excited to share:

1. Passenger load with ridership

Problem statement

Public health precautions quickly became a top priority for transit agencies at the start of the pandemic. One of the most critical safety protocols is ensuring social distancing on buses: under different circumstances, an articulated bus might aim for maximum capacity at 100 riders, but now, many agencies are striving for 20-40 (or sometimes fewer) passengers per bus.

Viewing passenger loads with ridership in Remix helps you pinpoint where the system is overloaded to keep riders and drivers safe.

Solution

You can now see interactive passenger load and ridership data in Remix. Both datasets can be viewed at the same time, which helps identify problematic corridors.

What does it look like in Remix?

Miami-Dade’s transportation department used Remix to identify the transit network’s hotspots: areas with loads greater than capacity and historically high ridership. Being able to leverage both datasets to identify challenging spots allowed staff to quickly provide additional short-turn bus service along the constrained corridors.

You can filter down to high-ridership corridors and passenger loads by time of day in order to identify when certain routes and corridors need extra resources.

2. School bus data

Problem Statement

Transportation departments across the country are wrestling with the uncertainty of school reopenings. Many states and school districts are opting out of in-classroom learning this month, but may reopen in the following months. For transit agencies that also provide school bus service, being prepared for a sudden reopening is critical.

Solution

Preparation requires proactiveness. You can use Remix to draft contingency plans in the event that schools reopen in the coming months.

What does that look like in Remix?

Cities and transit agencies can now bring in data layers for school campuses and locations of student pick-up/drop-off points. When planning out routes in Remix, users can easily identify the number of schools within walking distance from bus stops, and those that are not.

You can draw a custom area in a Remix map and gather aggregate information about schools and students. (Note: This visual does not represent real data in protection of proprietary information.)
You can identify which schools and students live within walking distance to current bus stops. (Note: this visual does not represent real data in protection of proprietary information.)

3. Bus stop amenities and other infrastructure data

Problem Statement

The need for capital improvement projects persists despite uncertainty in funding and budget shortfalls. More agencies and cities are relying on state and federal grant funding - making grant applications an increasingly competitive process.

Solution

You can craft a more compelling story with data analysis paired with easy-to-understand visuals.

What does that look like in Remix?

Remix recently uploaded bus amenities data for Topeka Metro as they were writing an application for a grant from Kansas DOT. The planners with the agency identified challenged areas by overlaying their transit network with their “No Sidewalks” data and car-free household data.

Bus stop data is filterable by amenities such as bench, shelter, ADA accessibility, etc.
Sidewalk data, along with car-free household data and the transit network, helped planners at Topeka Metro identify challenged areas.

They then identified opportunity areas with grocery store, ridership, and existing stops amenities data. The ability to overlay multiple datasets and filter down to high ridership spots with limited stop amenities provided insight into which corridor would benefit most from sidewalk infrastructure and other capital improvements.

You can draw custom areas in Remix and export the aggregated statistics from the stats panel to draw comparisons between identified areas.

4. Collision/Vision Zero data

Problem Statement

The pandemic doesn’t mean that Vision Zero goals are on pause! Cities still need to evaluate safety data and track how they are doing against their Vision Zero goals to meet federal requirements on funding.

Solution

Collision data can be noisy and messy, but you can use Remix to make it easier to elevate hotspots for collisions and other insights.

What does that look like in Remix?

Since collisions data can be visually overwhelming when plotted on a map, agencies need to be able to dynamically filter the dataset to pull the most pressing insights. Planners can identify areas of concern for the built environment when identifying corridors that have a high case of fatal collisions that happen in daylight.

Collisions data becomes more insightful when there's an ability to filter down to collision type, mode, severity, and time.
Remix's Stats Grab empowers users to draw a custom area anywhere on the map and immediately understand key statistics that help with transportation decision making.

5. Slow or active street networks

Problem Statement

COVID is pushing cities to quickly plan everything from pop-up bike lanes, temporary parklets, and transit recovery services to keep residents safe and moving. In some cases, traffic has returned to near-normal (Salt Lake City) or escalated (Wuhan), squeezing more people onto limited sidewalk space as they queue to buy groceries or move around their neighborhoods. Accelerating safe streets - also known as slow, healthy, or active streets - allows cities to move fast and spur behavioral change before traffic volumes resume to pre-COVID levels.

Solution

You can use Remix to quickly identify the demographic impact of network-level projects and fast track Quick Build or Slow Street projects.

What does that look like in Remix?

In Seattle, when new cracks appeared along the West Seattle bridge, city staff were forced to close the bridge to traffic and find alternative routes for residents to get downtown. They chose Remix to plan scenarios for their extended bicycle network and quickly access rich transportation and demographic data to assess the community impact for the precise areas they were considering.

You can quickly understand the demographic impact of network-level projects with Remix.

6. Pedestrian and bicycle counts along with the active transportation network

Problem Statement

Count information is expensive to collect and is typically kept in static PDFs and spreadsheets for one-off analysis. But when this data is tied to geography and visualized on a map, it truly comes to life.

Solution

You can use Remix to bring count data into the context of the built environment.

What does that look like in Remix?

Cities can identify areas with high volumes of bike traffic and focus on whether good bike infrastructure is accessible in those areas.

The blue circle north of Centennial Park shows relatively high volumes of bike traffic with limited infrastructure.

7) Polling data

Problem Statement

2020 is a big election year. Voter participation is foundational to our democracy and transit agencies across the US want to ensure that people can access polling places with their networks.

Solution

You can design a service plan with polling places on the map (a publicly available dataset through your board of elections). And, of course, given the extraordinary circumstance we are all in, everyone should be encouraged to vote-by-mail — and early, if possible!

What does that look like in Remix?

Transit agencies can easily identify which polling places are walking distance to bus stops and gauge accessibility to all the available polling places.

You can quickly calculate the number of polling places that are accessible within a quarter mile of the bus stops.
You can change the buffer distance to understand the number of polling places that is accessible within any distance from bus stops.

Wow, look at that! You’ve made it to the end of the article. Now that you have, we’d love to hear what you are inspired to see in Remix. If you are a current Remix customer, please reach out to support@remix.com or your Customer Success Managers. If not, we’d still love to hear from you! Drop a note at remix.com/demo.