The Potential of Data

Cities lack mobility data and a complete view of their public transport networks. Data is crucial for planning integrated public transport systems, designing passenger information systems, and working with operators to upgrade transit services to better serve the needs of all riders including women and other marginalized groups.

What it’s all about:

  • Close the gender data gap to ensure urban and mobility planning builds on a solid basis for evidence based forward-looking decision-making
  • Close the data availability gap to tailor-cut mobility services to user needs and plan for efficient public transport

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ITF Gig Economy Principles
Published by: ITF
Principles highlight the demands from gig workers in the context of increasing use of data-based application to manage public transport

Modelar y planificar la movilidad urbana en tiempos de crisis
Published by: MYC
Just transitions will face unforseen adverse events, like the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods to adapt planning processes are then useful for cities to learn from past experiences and implement suitable solutions based on innovative data sets and sources.

“Data As a Force to Shape Future Urban Mobility”
Published by: WRI
“To shape future climate-friendly transport, it is crucial for cities to under­stand their complex mobility ecosystem. This is where data analysis and visualization play a key role in antic­ipating the need for mobility services at an early stage and responding accordingly. Mobility data thus enable well-founded policy and investment decisions so that transport modes can be efficiently adopted and used.”

Published by: ICCT
The used market provides an opportunity for more affordable ZEVs. Small-scale programs can fill information gaps and help to refine policies to encourage the development of the used ZEV market. Reliability requirements and assurance provision measures could increase confidence and demand for used ZEVs.

Transport networks in East Africa are at risk from severe climate events HVT project finds
Published by: IMC
This project is working to use data to provide transport decision makers in LICs with support tools which enable them to priorities interventions that will deliver sustainable and resilient long-distance transport networks. This blog outlines preliminary findings from the HVT research conducted by the universities of Southampton and Oxford showing that key roads and railways in East Africa are vulnerable to flooding, which could result in significant economic losses. The expected annual damages (EADs)[1] exceed US$50 million for river and coastal flooding, and might increase to between US$104 and 170 million in 2080 across the case study countries included in the study.

Africa Urban Mobility Observatory Policy and Planning Insights Report
Published by: IMC
The Africa Urban Mobility Observatory (AUMO), GoMetro, recognises that many SSA cities have limited access to data about people’s movements and modes of transport because they lack adequate funding and capacity to obtain the data. AUMO is looking to promote inclusive, low-carbon mobility in African LIC cities by piloting Big Data applications to generate data, benchmark performance, and draw policy insights. This is their latest report benchmarking sustainable mobility performance. It compares policy regimes to better understand and optimise transport pathways.

Decoding women’s mobility experiences in emerging markets
Published by: WIMT
The connection between urban public transport and gender inequality is not new and despite the increasing numbers of women relying on public transport, these questions and challenges are rarely integrated into the design, planning, and operation of existing systems. This is largely due to the lack of readily available and openly accessible data on the issue.

Understand the mobility ground truth in Lima
Published by: WIMT
Gain insight into Lima’s public transport network, and how people use different public transport modes to travel around the Peruvian capital.

Lessons Learned from Jakarta’s Journey to Integrated and Resilient Transport Systems
Published by: ITDP
Over the last few years, Jakarta has rallied political will and leadership to improve mobility systems and air quality, shifting from car-oriented to transit-oriented development. This case study reflects on Jakarta’s transformation and how it addressed public transport integration, last mile integration with walking and cycling, and innovative uses of parking space.

Using GPS Technology for Demand Data Collection
Published by: TUMI/GIZ
The Global Positioning System (GPS) technology offers a cheap alternative for the data collection to traditional diary or survey methods. This document elaborates on advantages and disadvantages of the approach.

The Role of Open Data in Sustainable Transport
Published by: TUMI/GIZ
The concept of “open data,” or free access to information, has been emerging in different fields and has started to become mainstreamed since 2009 when various governments announced initiatives towards opening up their public information.

iNUA #7: Mobility-as-a-Service
Published by: TUMI/GIZ
Let’s focus on Mobility as a Service (MaaS). MaaS is the integration of various forms of transport services into a single mobility service accessible on demand. The paper presents the advantages of creating a MaaS ecosystem and the steps necessary to do so.

Urban Mobility and Transportation Domain of the 100 Questions Initiative
Published by: TUMI/GIZ
The Urban Mobility and Transportation domain of The 100 Questions Initiative identifies the most pressing, impactful questions for which data and data science have the potential to answer in the urban mobility and transportation field. This work is essential because we need to steer the use of data more purposefully to better inform decisions on urban development, clean transportation, equal access to economic opportunities, and quality of life in urban centers.

Knowledge Database: Resilience & Adaptation in the transport sector
Published by: GIZ
The work makes it clear that at present our transportation systems are fragile. On the other hand, the transport sector plays a vital role in achieving economic growth of a country. Thus to ensure unhindered economic progress, it is increasingly becoming urgent to safeguard the transportation systems against the after math of natural disasters whose frequency of occurring is increasing at an alarming rate. To design such a resilient transportation system will require a robust regulatory reforms from the governments.


Data for Public Transport with Devin de Vries
Published by: TUMI/GIZ
Public Transport remains the backbone of mobility systems in major cities around the world. And as urbanization continues, the formal and informal public transport services in mega cities grow and change constantly.

Welcome 2021 – TUMI´s take on the new year with Daniel Moser
Published by: TUMI/GIZ
In this episode, Daniel Moser, Management Head of the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI), will take us through the mobility developments of the past year and give us a taste of what to expect of 2021’s mobility activities.


Bicycle Network Bogotá
Published by: TUMI/GIZ
In recent years, Bogotá has become one of the leading cities for urban cycling in South America. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Bogotá attracted worldwide attention for being one of the first cities to install temporary bike lanes to promote socially distanced transportation. This example was soon followed by many other cities around the world. Bogotá even went a step further and integrated 28 km of the 84 km temporary bike lane system into their rapidly growing permanent system.

Infographic on Accessibility
Published by: TUMI/GIZ

Share of Female Workers in the Transport Sector
Published by: TUMI/GIZ

Global GHG Emissions per Sector
Published by: TUMI/GIZ

News Articles

How data can drive transport electrification
Published by: WIMT
Transport discussions look into the shift away from fossil fuels such as petrol and diesel and towards electric alternatives. But as appealing as the thought of everyone gliding along silently and efficiently in electric vehicles is, it doesn’t provide anything like a full solution. That means that data will be just as, if not more, crucial when it comes to creating an environmentally sustainable future.

How high-quality mobility and location data can lead to sustainable cities
Published by: WIMT
The key to effectively tackling global challenges, such as climate change and poverty reduction, is not just data — since there is an abundance of this — it’s high-quality data. And it’s analysis of that data that results in actionable outcomes.

The role of data in electrifying informal transport
Published by: WIMT
Highlighting the importance of a Just Transiton in the Transport sector, WhereIsMyTransport published an article on the role data can play in supporting transport electrification planning efforts.

Bridging the gender data devide
Published by: TUMI/GIZ
The Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) is working on closing the gender data gap in urban mobility in selected pilot cities in Africa.


Digital cartography and digital common stocks
Published by: MYC
Digital solution offer solution to make diagnosis and make decisions regarding paratransit transformation for a just transition in urban mobility in the Global South.


Revaluing practices and knowledge
Published by: Formando Rutas
Women scientists from the Atacama region affirm that – although the Chilean state has not been able to generate independent research – anyone can generate knowledge. However, they agree that it is essential for academia to raise its voice even more in defense of nature and to revalue indigenous and Buen Vivir knowledge.


Rapid Transit Database from ITDP
Published by: ITDP
The RTDB presents all publically available data about every rapid transit line in the world that ITDP updates annually. RTDB is a tool for guiding planners and policymakers to make informed decisions related to rapid transit access, population density, and geography.

MobiliseYourCity’s Emissions Calculator
Published by: MYC
Emissions calculations are essential for just transitions to track of the sources of emissions in urban mobility, potential development scenarios and the impact of comprehensive city-wide sustainable pathways. The emissions calculator offers to cities all over the world a robust tool to quantify these emissions and present results in a thorough manner.