D.C.'s 'District Mobility': How Data Portals Are Done

Greater Greater Washington likes what it sees from the District Mobility data portal.

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February 17, 2017, 6:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

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"Rejoice, transportation wonks! DDOT's newest toy, the District Mobility data portal, is a deep dive into how Washingtonians use DC streets."

That moment of ebullience is written by Nicole Cacozza, who details the offerings available on the District Mobility data portal, from "ridership at individual bus stops, to which streets are safe for children to bike on." According to Cacozza the new data portal, the work of the District Department of Transportation's District Mobility Project, represents the most data on D.C. transportation ever complied into a single source.

"DDOT put this together so its workers will have easy access to the crucial information they need to plan and operate DC's streets," writes Cacozza. "It'll help identify problem areas, prioritize construction projects, and provide a benchmark to measure future progress." 

Cacozza also pulls some of the most interesting takeaways from the portal, and asks for reader help in pulling more insights from the expansive archive of data.

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