Dubuque Smarter Travel Project

The Smarter Travel Study uses systems, algorithms, and analytics developed by IBM to collect data through smartphone technology on how, when, and where study participants traveled in and around Dubuque, Iowa. The Smarter Travel Project used a smartphone application developed by IBM Research to collect travel data through GPS-enabled smartphones and used IBM systems, algorithms, and analytics to generate a regional origin/destination matrix (OD). The process was designed to anonymously gather extremely fine grained spatio-temporal movement data, analyze it to extract trip analytics such as meaningful location identification and classification, trip purpose classification, origin destination matrix estimation and trip mode classification. The Smarter Travel Study recruited iPhone or Android smartphone users who commute and travel in the Dubuque area on a daily basis; who were interested in improving transit and the travel patterns in Dubuque; and who met diverse demographic and socioeconomic parameters. The data has been used to generate optimized public transit routes for Jule Transit. The optimization algorithm minimizes average travel time for bus routes, while keeping the operating costs constant and providing routes based on demand during peak and off peak times. The City of Dubuque and its partners will also use the information generated by this project to build travel models, evaluate infrastructure project alternatives, and develop technology-based solutions to local transportation problems. This project was designed to be replicated in Metro areas with population less than 200,000.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee ABJ30 Standing Committee on Urban Transportation Data and Information Systems.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Research Board

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    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Authors:
    • Ravada, Chandra
    • Wu, Chai Wah
  • Conference:
  • Date: 2017


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 13p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 96th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01622568
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 17-02122
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jan 17 2017 9:47AM