How well do various transportation services serve the diversity of neighborhoods and people in New York City?

Authors: Jimmy Feng*, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Shih-Lung Shaw, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Topics: Transportation Geography, Urban Geography, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: New York City; social equity; transportation service
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Congressional B, Omni, West
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The diversity of New York City is found in both its neighborhoods as well as its modes of transportation. In its densely-populated urban landscape, access and opportunity to different modes of transport are important in facilitating the city’s functions as well as supporting human activities and interactions. This research analyzes the flows and trajectories of bikeshares, MTA Bus and Subway ridership, and for-hire-vehicles derived from publicly-available ridership data between 2012 and 2018. Neighborhood socioeconomic and demographic indicators from the American Community Survey, U.S. Census, and NYC agencies are integrated to provide a holistic picture, framed in the context of social equity, between the different types of transportation services and various neighborhoods and their respective populations in the city. Understanding the relationships between transportation services and neighborhood characteristics can shed light on the heterogeneous and disparate landscape of the vitality of both the city and its diverse population. This is important for future planning and policy making to foster a more equitable landscape that encourages and supports the diverse social fabric of New York City’s communities.

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