Open Data and Analytics for Urban Transportation

Even as we look towards new technologies to address transport challenges, there is a continuous need to make our existing land transport system more efficient. One means to do so is through the collection and analysis of data to help in resource planning so as to meet the demands of our citizens with limited buses.

How can public data help transport planning?

  • By analysing anonymised data obtained from commuters' fare cards and identifying commuter hotspots to manage bus fleets, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) can help improve commuting experience.
  • Arrival times of buses are tracked using sensors installed in over 5,000 vehicles, and the real-time location data of buses helps facilitate transport planning to better meet commuters' demands.
  • Insights gained from data can help LTA better anticipate and address the needs of different types of commuters through improved policy planning.

The result?

  • A 92% reduction in the number of bus services with crowding issues despite year-on-year increase in average daily bus ridership
  • Average waiting time on popular services shortened by about 3 to 7 minutes!

Can open data help in the co-creation of solutions?

With more open transport data, the public and third party developers can put them to good use in creating people-centric transport solutions.

Transport data sets that have been made publicly accessible via LTA's DataMall includes

  • real-time data on bus arrival timings
  • taxi availability
  • traffic conditions
  • carpark availability 

The result?

DataMall was also tapped upon by more than 180 youths participating in “Transport & Youth Hackathon”, the first hackathon organised by LTA, in April 2015.

  • The hackathon yielded countless innovative ideas and applications, such as “Happy Wheels”, a web-based programme that helps wheelchair users find accessible routes they can use to get from one point to another.

Downloads of transport data from DataMall have increased from an average of 4 million to 600 million per month since April 2015.

  • This led to a proliferation of third party transport apps being developed. Check them out here!


What’s in the pipeline?

  • The Fusion AnalyticS for public Transport Emergency Response (FASTER)  system that will analyse data collected from various sources to
    • help authorities and operators visualise commuting patterns to improve transport planning
    • predict the impact of incidents so as to better respond and recommend mitigating measures, such as the injection of additional trains and buses in times of emergencies
  • A next-generation Electronic Road Pricing System that will collect comprehensive, real-time, aggregated traffic data and in turn help develop a more accurate picture of real-time traffic situation. This will enable LTA to intervene where necessary, such as by adjusting traffic light timings and providing traffic light priority for buses.

LTA will continue to explore more ways to leverage data analytics to improve the quality of public land transport services.


Useful links:

Leveraging Technology for a Smarter and Greener Transport System

LTA DataMall

Apps Zone

Last updated on 26 Jun 2018