Arup is a global, independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, architects, consultants, and technical specialists, working across every aspect of today's built environment. Arup's transport consulting teams have used Conveyal's tools on numerous projects worldwide (including in cities such as London, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, and Hanoi). Conveyal subscriptions over multiple years have helped Arup and their clients understand concepts such as 20 minute neighborhoods, investigate transport disadvantage, and evaluate high-level accessibility changes from multiple infrastructure scenarios.
Conveyal has worked with the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) and the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), the metropolitan planning organization for the 10-county greater Atlanta area, assisting with transit data creation, maintenance, and coordination across transit providers. Conveyal Analysis helps the ATL and its consultant partners evaluate and prioritize transit corridor projects and capital projects across multiple jurisdictions.
Conveyal has collaborated on the novel Behavior, Energy, Autonomy, and Mobility (BEAM) modeling framework, a MatSIM extension developed at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Conveyal R5 underlies multimodal choiceset generation in BEAM, allowing models of regionwide electrification and energy demand to account for detailed itinerary alternatives available to individuals.
Conveyal worked with the Indianapolis MPO to develop a public-facing, interactive web site detailing the mobility and accessibility impacts of a proposed transit expansion. In addition to allowing users to compare trips using the existing and proposed systems, it also allows users to specify a location, such as their home or workplace, and see maps of reachable area and accessibility figures (e.g. the number of jobs within a 60-minute travel time).
LADOT maintains a multi-year Conveyal subscription for the City of Los Angeles, which allows Planning, Transportation, and other city departments to assess development, walking, biking, and transit projects using an integrated suite of accessibility visualizations and metrics.
Conveyal worked with the Mid-America Regional Council and Burns and McDonnell to analyze proposed transit plans for the bi-state Kansas City region. The Conveyal team measured the impacts of proposed plans on residents’ ability to access jobs via transit, with a goal of doubling the number of jobs that residents could access within 60 minutes of travel time. We modeled numerous possible scenarios, culminating in a three-day intensive workshop in which we finalized scenarios and used Conveyal to provide rapid feedback on job access enabled by the future transit system.
When the twin urban centers of France's second largest metropolitan area began working together to coordinate their transportation and urban development, the Marseille Regional Planning Agency (AGAM) called on Conveyal to analyze and communicate the effects of transit service changes while providing expertise to the recently formed metropolitan government. AGAM directly supported Conveyal research and development, co-creating analysis tools to provide solutions to problems encountered in planning practice.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) works with Conveyal and provides transit agencies and planning authorities throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with cloud-hosted accessibility analysis capabilities. For example, MassDOT's procedures for assessing transit network redesigns with their custom competitiveness measures are much faster to run with Conveyal than past workflows, saving analysts substantial time and effort. Past projects include Focus40, the long-range investment plan for public transportation in metropolitan Boston. The Conveyal team provided AECOM and Focus40 consultants with analysis tools for developing and evaluating scenarios, as well as innovative stakeholder engagement tools.
The MIT Mobility Futures Collaborative worked with Conveyal to provide rigorous analysis capabilities to a custom user interface called CoAXs, used on a large-format display for interactive planning exercises. The algorithms and high performance computing capabilities of Conveyal Analysis allowed stakeholders to select potential changes to the transportation network and see the accessibility impacts of those changes in seconds. This helped promote understanding of the factors affecting transportation performance.
Dutch Engineering firm Movares began partnering with Conveyal in 2015 to help planners and stakeholders in Metropolitan Rotterdam and The Hague imagine future public transport infrastructure and service changes. The Netherlands Infrastructure Ministry adopted our methodology for regions throughout the country, and Conveyal went on to support the design of Metropolitan Amsterdam's future network. Movares has since become the regional expert in applying Conveyal tools to the analysis and visualization of transit service changes. For example, Movares has worked with Conveyal to draw up and evaluate variants of a desired new public transport connection between both banks of the river Nieuwe Maas in Rotterdam. In Groningen, Conveyal supported a feasibility study for a new rail connection between the main railway station and the University Campus just outside the city.
Movares has actively supported Conveyal research and development, co-creating features and providing feedback on their performance under real-world planning demands. For example, Movares and Conveyal collaborated to infer congested road travel times and speeds, improving automobile accessibility metrics and providing more realistic comparisons with public transit.
Descriptions of some Conveyal-supported Movares projects are available (in Dutch):
Entur is a government-owned company created to provide a unified ticketing and journey planning system in Norway. Together with Oslo's regional transport authority Ruter, Entur has led development of OpenTripPlanner 2, the second major version of this leading open source journey planning system used daily by millions of passengers around the world. Conveyal was primarily resposible for previous versions of OpenTripPlanner, and our optimized R5 routing engine served as a prototype for a complete rewrite of transit routing in OTP2. Accordingly, Conveyal provides ongoing technical guidance on the development of this prominent open source project.
New York State DOT oversees a transportation network that includes 130 transit agencies serving over 5 million riders per day. Conveyal helps NYSDOT evaluate multi-modal access to opportunities throughout the state, with integrated networks built automatically from dozens of different GTFS feeds. Recent projects include analyzing transit deserts and opportunities for service improvements, identifying mitigation measures for construction delays in specific corridors, and evaluating the potential of park-and-ride lots for commuters.
Over the last 90 years the RPA, America’s most distinguished urban research and advocacy organization, has developed multiple long-range plans for the New York metropolitan area. For its fourth plan in 2014, the RPA called on Conveyal to develop interactive maps of access to employment for inclusion in the Fragile Success report.
The passenger transport division of Swiss Federal Railways (SBB CFF FFS) uses Conveyal as a component in its travel demand modeling. Conveyal computes accessibility indicators at high resolution accross all of Switzerland, allowing SBB to test the impact of public transport service or infrastructure concepts, comparing past, current and future outcomes. Access by public transport is also assessed relative to the private car and other individual transport modes to ensure competitivity. Combining network models with geospatial data such as population density, Conveyal helps SBB assess the demand for railway stations and lines, identifying locations with high development potential.
Conveyal has been working with SBB since 2017 when SBB's Long-term Integrated Mobility and Spatial Development team incorporated Conveyal accessibility indicators in their wind-tunneling studies of divergent scenarios for 2040. Conveyal captured the effects of public transit service including the potential contribution of autonomous vehicles. These indicators were used for both calibrating real estate pricing models and comparing potential infrastructure investments. As not only the largest transport operator in Switzerland but also one of its prominent property developers via its work on train stations and their surroundings, Swiss Railways is particularly interested in the interaction of land use and transport factors.
Conveyal was a part of a team of consultants working on Transportation for America’s Planning for a Healthier Future initiative. The outcome was a toolbox of suggested measures for tracking performance over time, and evaluating the impacts of future transit plans. This project put accessibility metrics, such as those produced by Conveyal Analysis, in context with many other useful metrics for evaluating different aspects of urban form and future transportation plans.
Conveyal has worked with the World Bank for more than five years, supporting urban transportation planning initiatives in dozens of countries including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Djibouti, Kenya, and Senegal. Conveyal Analysis allows World Bank staff and consultants to mock up future transport scenarios to determine the impact on residents holistically, given both transport infrastructure and spatial patterns of land use. Conveyal has also provided custom software enhancements to allow the World Bank to analyze new types of problems, such as affordability and cycling comfort.