Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs has partnered with the New York City transportation advocacy group, Transportation Alternatives, to create an interactive map that allows New Yorkers to predict how plans to close the L train will affect their daily commutes. Damage stemming from Hurricane Sandy will force the interborough train to shut down for 18 months beginning in 2019, affecting a quarter of a million daily riders. The map uses real-time data from the New York City Metro Transit Authority on all bus and subway lines, as well as the Staten Island Ferry, to allow users to identify how long it will take to get between any two points in the city. Users can enter their start and end points, their preferences about their ideal mode of transportation to commute, and their time restraints, to find the best possible route.
Visualizing Commute Disruptions in New York City
Joshua New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.