Making forward-thinking cities around the globe faster, smarter, and more efficient
TriMet (Portland, Oregon, US)
Open-source multi-modal trip planning and transit service evaluation
TriMet, an agency long known for its innovation in technology and rider information, has counted on the Conveyal team since 2009 when we began building OpenTripPlanner, the leading open-source multi-modal trip planning system, which powers TriMet's regional trip planner. Together we've helped propel GTFS to its current status as the de facto standard for sharing transit data. Most recently we've enabled TriMet to estimate the impact of planned service changes on regional commuting times and Portlanders' access to the job market.
The World Bank
Conveyal has an ongoing relationship with the World Bank, supporting their transit planning initiatives in developing countries. Conveyal Analysis allows the World Bank to mock up future transport scenarios to determine their effect on impoverished residents of cities around the world. Conveyal has additionally provided custom software enhancements to allow the World Bank to analyze new types of problems. For instance, we developed an algorithm to allow the computation of accessibility figures under both time and cost constraints, and a methodology to infer bicycle safety from available data sources.
New York State Department of Transportation
Statewide transit data management and trip planning
New York State DOT oversees a transportation network that includes 130 transit agencies serving over 5 million riders per day. Conveyal software helps NYSDOT create, maintain, and organize transit schedule data throughout the state, and powers a statewide journey planning system as part of the 511NY traveler information portal. Leveraging this centralized data source of statewide transit data, NYSDOT also uses Conveyal Analysis to calculate multi-modal accessibility metrics statewide.
San Francisco Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Regional transit data management and deployment
The Metropolitan Transit Commission is responsible for planning and coordinating public transportation throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. MTC and its partners rely on Conveyal software to create, validate, and deploy transit schedule information and real-time service alerts, aggregating data from more than 20 local and regional transit providers throughout the region.
New York Regional Plan Association
Interactive map of access to jobs
Over the last 90 years the RPA, America’s most distinguished urban research and advocacy organization, has developed multiple long-range plans for the New York metropolitan area. For its fourth, RPA called on Conveyal to develop interactive maps of access to employment for inclusion in the Fragile Success report.
Arlington County Commuter Services
Custom commute planning and TDM software development
Arlington County Commuter Services, one of the leading travel demand management (TDM) agencies in the U.S., has worked with Conveyal since 2013 to create a custom suite of software tools for commuter engagement and behavior analysis. These include CarFreeAtoZ, a multimodal commute planning application for the greater Washington, D.C. region, and a companion tool for bulk analysis of commute patterns at specific workplaces.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT Mobility Futures Collaborative worked with Conveyal to provide rigorous analysis capabilities to a custom user interface called CoAXs, used on a large-format display for interactive planning exercises. The algorithms and high performance computing capabilities of Conveyal Analysis allowed stakeholders to select potential changes to the transportation network and see the accessibility impacts of those changes in seconds. This helped promote understanding of the factors affecting transportation performance.
Transdev (Paris, France)
Transportation data creation and management
Conveyal's team has been working with open transit data and the GTFS format since they first emerged. Global public transport operator Transdev is drawing on Conveyal's expertise to create a system for creating, cataloging, and validating transit data for cities around the world.
ETH-Singapore Future Cities Laboratory
Bicycle and pedestrian access to transit
Conveyal is collaborating with researchers at ETH Zurich's Future Cities Lab on combining probabilistic accessibility techniques with agent-based urban simulations and considering how changes in pedestrian and bicycle access to transit stations affect commutes in Singapore's modernist environment.
Kisio Digital and Kisio Analysis
Transit accessibility tools and open source community collaboration
Paris-based Kisio is responsible for the open source journey planner and transit data platform Navitia. Kisio handles data harmonization and journey planning for agencies in the Paris region and throughout France. Conveyal has worked with Kisio to provide French regions with visualizations to understand newly restructured and combined networks. We also co-organize Open Transport Meetup events in Paris to promote transit data reuse and open source collaboration.
Mid-America Regional Council
Evidence-based transit service redesign and evaluation
Conveyal worked with the Mid-America Regional Council and Burns and McDonnell to analyze proposed transit plans for the bi-state Kansas City region. We measured their impacts on residents’ ability to access jobs via transit, with a goal of doubling the number of jobs that residents could access within 60 minutes of travel time. We modeled numerous possible scenarios, culminating in a three-day intensive workshop in which we finalized scenarios and used Conveyal’s analysis tools to provide rapid feedback on job access enabled by the future transit system.
Rail system impact analysis with HR&A Advisors
The Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX) will be New York City's first new rail system in a century. The BQX now enjoys broad support from the community, businesses, and elected officials thanks to a report from HR&A Advisors estimating its economic and social impacts over a 20-year period, for which Conveyal supplied essential analysis of travel time savings and workforce access improvements.
Marseille Regional Planning Agency
Designing and communicating an integrated transit system
The twin urban centers of France's second largest metropolitan area must work together to coordinate their transportation and urban development. The Marseille Regional Planning Agency (AGAM) provides expertise to the recently formed metropolitan government, and relies on Conveyal tools to analyze and visualize the effects of transit service changes. AGAM has supported Conveyal research and development, co-creating our analysis tools to provide solutions to problems encountered in planning practice.
Netherlands Metropolitan Regions
Evaluating long-term transit investments for Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague
Dutch engineering firm Movares asked Conveyal to help planners and stakeholders in Metropolitan Rotterdam and The Hague imagine future public transport infrastructure and service changes, evaluating and visualizing the impact of multiple scenarios on commuters. The Netherlands transportation ministry adopted our methodology for regions throughout the country, and Conveyal went on to support the design of Metropolitan Amsterdam's future network. Movares has actively supported Conveyal research and development, co-creating our scenario editing and evaluation system in response to real-world planning demands.
Open source journey planning with real-time schedule delays
The Plannerstack Foundation provides the Netherlands with national-scale multi-modal trip planning services based on a modular data pipeline and open source components. Plannerstack member organizations ensure that the Netherlands has freely available schedule data as well as real-time vehicle position and delay information for every bus, train, tram, and ferry in the country. Conveyal partnered with Plannerstack and Bliksem Labs in a Dutch Transport Ministry project to develop high performance routing components with support for real-time schedule delays, updating OpenTripPlanner and creating the R4 routing system, which then informed Conveyal's R5. Conveyal co-founder Andrew Byrd sits on the board of the Plannerstack foundation.
Transportation for America
Conveyal was a part of a team of consultants working on Transportation for America’s Planning for a Healthier Future initiative. The outcome was a toolbox of suggested measures for tracking performance over time, and evaluating the impacts of future transit plans. This project put accessibility metrics, such as those produced by Conveyal’s Analysis platform, in context with many other useful metrics for evaluating different aspects of urban form and future transportation plans.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization
Conveyal worked with the Indianapolis MPO to develop a public-facing, interactive web site detailing the mobility and accessibility impacts of a proposed transit expansion. In addition to allowing users to compare trips using the existing and proposed systems, it also allows users to specify a location, such as their home or workplace, and see maps of reachable area and accessibility figures (e.g. the number of jobs within a 60-minute travel time). The open-source site developed for this project is now a core offering of Conveyal, allowing clients to easily publish transit plans on the web. The simple interface has proven useful in public meetings, replacing static maps of a project with an interactive display.
Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Conveyal partnered with AECOM and MassDOT on the Focus40 initiative, the long-range investment plan for public transportation in metropolitan Boston. We provided analysis tools to allow other members of the consultant team to develop and evaluate scenarios. In addition, we provided assistance with developing appropriate accessibility metrics to measure the region’s goals, interpreting analysis results, and supporting users of our analysis platform.
Atlanta Regional Commission
Transit Data Development and Trip Planning Support
Conveyal has worked with Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), the metropolitan planning organization for the 10-county greater Atlanta area, assisting with transit data creation, maintenance, and coordination across multiple transit providers within the ARC jurisdiction. Currently, Conveyal helps ARC support numerous transit technology resources for that Atlanta region such as ATLTransit, a rider information portal including an OpenTripPlanner-backed multimodal journey planner.