A Conversation with TransitMatters: Transportation Advocacy and the Data Dashboard

Event

Location

Virtual

Date

Feb 21, 2024

Time

7:00 EST

Cost

Free

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About the Event

Join us for a virtual event with TransitMatters, as they discuss their award-winning Data Dashboard tool, and the impact that open data has had on transportation advocacy nationwide. Since its founding, TransitMatters has focused on helping Greater Boston advocate for the safe, frequent, and reliable transit. The TransitMatters Labs Team drives transportation advocacy by building tools with MBTA data to engage the public and increase transparency. Their flagship tool, the Data Dashboard, offers insight into MBTA performance, ridership, and service quality. The Data Dashboard has played a large role in increasing awareness about slow zones throughout the MBTA network, reaching a solution to alleviating slow zones, and measuring when slow zones are lifted. This webinar will explore how TransitMatters’ Labs Team built this tool and its impact on transportation advocacy.

This talk will stream live to our Facebook page and YouTube channel. Please register below to receive reminders.

Presented as part of our ongoing exhibition, Getting Around Town: Four Centuries of Mapping Boston in Transit.

About the speakers

Seth Kaplan is a Software Engineer living in Somerville and a member of TransitMatters Labs. He has been a member of Labs since 2021 and has worked extensively on the data dashboard, slow zone tracker, and other tools. Most recently, Seth and another Labs volunteer represented TransitMatters at the Transportation Research Board’s annual conference in DC where they presented the Slow Zone tracker as part of the TRB Data Challenge and won the People’s Choice Award.


Program supporters

Getting Around Town exhibition programming is supported by the Barr Foundation.

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