Free VMT metrics to monitor US transport networks

First published in Intertraffic Innovation News - July 1, 2020

streetlightStreetLight Data is offering vehicle miles travelled (VMT) data for US transit agencies to monitor transport networks during the Covid-19 pandemic.

There has been massive disruption to travel patterns since February and Streetlight’s information covers more than 3,100 counties across the US, updated three times a week.

Designed to measure the transportation impact on communities, it is free to planners, researchers and engineers, as well as federal, state and local governments.

“Transportation professionals make critical budget and planning projections based on gas tax revenue and other factors derived from VMT,” explains CEO Laura Schewel.

“The recent massive drop in travel is throwing off all those plans. This data-driven map gets the key metrics out quickly, with local granularity, to those who need them. Planners, like everyone else, are adjusting to a new reality and we’re here to help navigate it. We hope this, in some way, can help our transportation community in this difficult and unprecedented time.”

Location intelligence provider Cuebiq is working with StreetLight and has developed what it calls a ‘near-real time’ mobility index to improve the outbreak forecast and response.

“StreetLight fused Cuebiq’s index with its own algorithms that transform GPS data into contextualised, aggregated and normalised travel patterns, as well as its deep repositories of data depicting historical VMT,” the company said in a statement.

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