Analysis of urban mobility in South Florida using Uber Movement

Shouraseni Sen Roy, Jane Perlman, Robert C. Balling

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Abstract

Ridesharing services linked to mobile devices are increasingly playing a major role in human mobility in urban areas. With the recent release of Uber Movement data for certain large cities it is now possible to analyze urban mobility at finer spatial scales. In the present study, we used aggregate Uber trip data from 2016 to 2019 for the Miami metropolitan area. The peak hour of Uber trips and mean travel times were calculated using harmonic analysis. The total number of trips were expectedly higher on the weekdays compared to weekends for both sources and destinations. In addition, there was a distinct spatial clustering along major thoroughfares connecting the entire study area from north to south, and the two main airports of the study area, Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport. The main thoroughfares along which the Uber trips were clustered also overlap with the two modes of mass transit, metro rail and Tri Rail. This is indicative of most riders using mass transit to the closest station of their destination, and then using Uber as a connection to the location of interest. The results of our study will be useful for urban planning and better understanding of human mobility across the metropolitan area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCase Studies on Transport Policy
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • Ridesharing
  • South Florida
  • Spatial analysis
  • Uber Movement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Urban Studies

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