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Analyzing 1.1 Billion NYC Taxi and Uber Trips

Taxi dropoffs map

Over on his blog, Todd Schneider has created fascinating maps and charts based on NYC taxi cab data from over the last few years. He focuses on hot bed areas like the Northside of Williamsburg and Murray Hill as well as charting the shift in payment from cash to credit over the last five or so years. The project is impressive in scope and, to any New Yorker, it’s basically the definition of eye candy – read more about it on his blog here! Via gothamist

The New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission has released a staggeringly detailed historical dataset covering over 1.1 billion individual taxi trips in the city from January 2009 through June 2015. Taken as a whole, the detailed trip-level data is more than just a vast list of taxi pickup and drop off coordinates: it’s a story of New York. How bad is the rush hour traffic from Midtown to JFK? Where does the Bridge and Tunnel crowd hang out on Saturday nights? What time do investment bankers get to work? How has Uber changed the landscape for taxis? And could Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson have made it from 72nd and Broadway to Wall Street in less than 30 minutes? The dataset addresses all of these questions and many more.

I mapped the coordinates of every trip to local census tracts and neighborhoods, then set about in an attempt to extract stories and meaning from the data. This post covers a lot, but for those who want to pursue more analysis on their own: everything in this post—the data, software, and code—is freely available. Full instructions to download and analyze the data for yourself are available on GitHub.

Northside animation

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