Introducing MobilityScore

Posted by Team TransitScreen on 9/22/17 9:00 AM

MobilityScore® helps you understand how easy it is to get around. It works at any location or address within the US and Canada and gives you a score ranging from 0 (no mobility choices) to 100 (excellent mobility choices).

What do we mean by mobility? Any transportation option that can help you move around your city. Transportation is changing massively as new choices emerge: ridesharing, bikesharing, carsharing. Private and on-demand mobility services have sprung up. However, tools for measuring transportation access have not kept up. That’s why we created MobilityScore as an easy-to-understand measure of transportation access.

MobilityScore Categories

To help make MobilityScore ratings even easier to use, we’ve created some categories for different levels of mobility. These will tell you roughly what to expect when you see a certain score.

Technical Details

MobilityScore includes all the transportation choices that can be found on TransitScreen displays, including the following services:

  • Public transit (subways, trains, buses, ferries, cable cars…)
  • Carsharing services (Zipcar, Enterprise, and one-way services such as car2go)
  • Bikesharing services
  • Hailed ridesharing services (e.g. taxis, Uber, Lyft)

We have developed a common way of comparing how choices that might seem very different contribute to your mobility. For each mobility choice, we measure how long it will take you until you can start moving on it – for example, the time it takes you to leave your building, walk to a subway station, and wait for a train.

Because we’re measuring how easy it is for you to move around the city, we also consider what mobility choices look like at different times of the day and different days of the week. Mobility data is regularly collected for most services, while ridehailing (Uber/Lyft) data is based on a geographic model of arrival times.

MobilityScore’s framework is future-proof. Just like we do with TransitScreen, we will integrate future services into the calculation as they emerge (e.g. microtransit, autonomous vehicles, mobility-as-a-service).

MobilityScore was developed by TransitScreen CEO Dr. Matt Caywood, working with with Abigail Cochran, PhD student in the Department of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. MobilityScore® is a registered trademark.

Professional Data Services and APIs

Interested in more data or insight? We can provide MobilityScore data in a variety of formats to real estate professionals, analysts, researchers, and software developers. Data services as well as APIs are available.

Are you a real estate professional? We can provide analysis to help you understand how to measure and optimize transportation access to your property. Tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll be in touch.

Would you like to use the MobilityScore badge to promote your property? Just drop us a line and we’ll get you set up! This can include the numbered badge, a widget that includes the “Excellent Mobility” designation, or a full widget that includes the mobility influencers making up the score.

Topics: Company News, Mobility, MobilityScore