Where and when are people using Washington, DC’s BikeShare? Check out this new visualization by Chris Whong:" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/O_njHxFRj4o" width="100%" height="480" scrolling="no" class="iframe-class" frameborder="0">
What’s in a tweet? A lot, when there’s a set of latitude and longitude coordinates attached to it. Using the twitter streaming API, Rudin research assistant Chris Whong was able to compile three full days worth of geotagged tweets from around the New York City region, totaling more than 74,000 data points. Instead of simply visualizing the location and time of individual tweets, we can “connect the dots” through time and space for a given user, showing a movement vector across the map.
Played back at one minute per frame, the video clearly shows the ebbs and flows of activity throughout the day. The mass movement of people during rush hours is visible, as well as movement to and from several hotspots in the region. (Keep an eye on Metlife Stadium in New Jersey during the first 20 seconds of the video – you’ll many people who tweeted during a Monday night football game moving back to their homes – JFK airport also stands out as a key destination)
Just how far does a single ride ticket get you in subway systems across the U.S.? In light of the MTA fare hike discussions, the NYU Rudin Center decided to investigate:
Even if the base fare is raised to $2.50, you’re still able to go about six times farther on a MetroCard than the MBTA Charlie Card, WMATA SmarTrip or any other city fare. As Americans’ commutes get longer, NYC Subways remain one of the best bargains in the country.
UPDATE: Based on feedback via Twitter followers: True, most people don’t ride the entire track length. But the system’s size determines the costs to run, maintain and secure it. A system of NY’s size can’t afford to run on the same fare as Chicago’s.
New from NYU Rudin Center’s Chris Whong: An interactive map of New Yorkers’ tweets from yesterday, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Here’s a screenshot:
Check it out here: we recommend clicking around and seeing what people had to say throughout the city, especially in Lower Manhattan.