Within San Juan, there are around 30 bus lines operated by several transit agencies, with First Transit operating seven lines. First Transit was interested in taking over inefficient bus lines, adding service to their current lines as demand required, and potentially creating new lines where needed. Historically, there has been a major lack of reliable transit and survey data in San Juan, so for First Transit to succeed, they required a full understanding of their current ridership and the overall system in order to impress upon the transit authorities their depth of knowledge of the system.
Network gaps discovered in high-demand areas
First Transit turned to Moovit’s Urban Mobility Analytics (MUMA) to gain analytical insights on the various bus lines. By leveraging MUMA Transit Line reports, First Transit could easily understand and visualize ridership patterns and rider behaviors, receiving an in-depth analysis of ridership throughout the city’s bus system. The Line report includes data on:
In addition to the Line reports, Moovit offered efficiency recommendations where First Transit could optimize their existing services and produced a Gap Analysis report. The Gap Analysis identified areas where specific lines were lacking service, forcing would-be transit riders to use other forms of transportation, as well as where express lines, shuttle routes, or new routes would better serve the citizens of San Juan.
One of the gaps discovered was that many passengers riding to the final stop of San Juan Metro – Sagrado Corazon – required another bus ride to get to their final destination. However, the bus service ended hours before the last train arrived, forcing later passengers to take taxis or other forms of transit to make their last-mile journey. Moovit’s data enabled First Transit to understand which bus line schedules should be extended to better serve riders. In addition, First Transit also gained data on circuitous routes that would better serve riders with a more directional line.
Moovit Urban Mobility Analytics has given us in-depth information on the behavior of both the population and public transport units, extrapolating the information consumption of users through their travel patterns. This will allow us to reach a greater understanding of the mobility of users in the city and optimize line operations in the short- and medium-term, according to the existing infrastructure and the attraction points of riders.
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