Using LEHD data to examine urban mobility trends and opportunities

Authors: Daniel Zimny-Schmitt*,
Topics: Transportation Geography, Urban Geography
Keywords: mobility, urban transportation, commuting
Session Type: Guided Poster
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 2:35 PM / 4:15 PM
Room: Roosevelt 3.5, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Understanding the flow of commuters to central business districts is central to effective transportation planning at the city level. This geographic analysis utilizes data from the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) dataset to map employee origins at the census block group level for employees commuting to the CBDs in seven US cities: Pittsburgh, Columbus OH, Kansas City, Austin, Denver, San Francisco, and Portland OR. Census block groups with higher densities of CBD commuters reflect geographic areas of demonstrated mobility need in each city, which can be used to inform transit planning and other emerging options in the mobility space including employer-provided mobility and vanpooling. Corridors radiating outward from CBDs and distinct clusters of block groups emerge as areas of opportunities for new mobility options.

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