On a recent ride on the B63, two fellow passengers were lamenting the infrequency of weekend bus service. “What they need to do,” one of them said, “is buy more buses and stop buying all those bikes!” There are so many fallacies in her statement: “they” are two agencies, one in charge of buses and the other bikes, the fact that bus ridership is decreasing enough that NYC doesn’t need more buses (already the largest fleet in the world), and that the city is not actually purchasing the bikes – a bank (Citi) is. But most New Yorkers are unfamiliar with both the scope and nuanced ownership of transportation in this city.
We built The Mobility Factbook with these New Yorkers in mind, but also for researchers seeking an up-to-date information repository when most local mobility data is dispersed throughout agency records, federal registers and local news sites. We gathered data from the dozen or so agencies running the 28 transportation modes in New York City to highlight the scope of the New York transportation environment.
New York’s greatest transportation asset is not a single mode, but rather the collection of subways, buses, bikes, taxis, feet and more, so the ten million people moving in, out and through the city every day can choose their best path to access jobs, schools and entertainment. To learn more about how the diversity of transportation makes New York more livable and productive, please visit the Factbook, and be sure to inform your fellow bus passengers about your findings.