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Published on May 4th, 2017 | by Joshua New


Tracking How People Use Transit in Sydney

Transport for New South Wales, the government authority responsible for transit in the Australian state, has published a series of de-identified datasets about commuters’ usage of Opal—a contactless ticketing system—for buses, trains, and ferries in Sydney and surrounding suburbs. Commuters tap their Opal cards to kiosks whenever they board and depart public transit, allowing the agency to get a snapshot of the transit system’s ridership, as well as when, where, and how people travel. The datasets contain two non-consecutive weeks of Opal usage as well as statistics about monthly ridership.

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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.

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