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Replica works with agencies across the country to develop reports and studies
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Biz + Broker Quarterly Report
Union Square Partnership
April 1, 2024

Union Square Partnership utilized Replica to provide metrics on trips within the business improvement district. Replica also provided statistics on subway ridership, retail spend, and activity. These key datapoints allow USP to report on important real estate trends.

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Housing + Climate Policy: Building Equitable Pathways to Sustainability and Affordability
UC Berkeley Terner Center
March 6, 2024

There is an urgent need for integrated, complementary housing and climate policies that tackle the intertwined challenges of environmental sustainability, climate resilience, and the deepening housing affordability crisis. The Terner Center for Housing Innovation used Replica data in its new report looking at the existing research on climate and housing in the U.S in two key areas: how housing decarbonization and production strategies can reduce pollution to mitigate climate change, and how climate change impacts renters, homeowners, and the broader housing industry. The paper also identifies key research gaps where more evidence would help policymakers navigate the tensions between different policy approaches.

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Cracking the Gasoline Code
Cultura
January 17, 2024

Cultura, a non-profit working to reduce gasoline consumption in the US to improve climate, health, and equity, utilized Replica data in its newest report on Gasoline Super Users.

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KCI Airport Transit Services Action Plan
Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), & Kimley-Horn
January 10, 2024

Replica customers Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), and the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), and Kimley-Horn collaborated on the Kansas City International(KCI) Airport Public Transit Services Action Plan to evaluate public transit options to serve growing transportation demands to and from the airport in light of the opening of the new KCI single terminal in 2023. This Plan evaluates demand for transit access to KCI across the entire Kansas City region, including both KCI employees and travelers. This Plan is specifically focused on transit service that could be implemented in a short timeframe, although it is

envisioned that service options could ultimately be replaced by more premium service such as rail. Replica data was used to understand regional travel patterns  and look at time of day trip distribution.

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Understanding Regional Travel Patterns
Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG)
January 1, 2024

The Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) utilized Replica data to prepare the Understanding Regional Travel Patterns report. This report aims to provide decision-makers and the public with reliable and informative statistics and trends information related to transportation, land use, people, mobility, the economy, and social equity. SBCAG leveraged Replica's ability to provide data points such as trip purpose, primary mode, WFH, home location, and land use for the report.

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SANDAG’s 2022 State of the Commute Report
SANDAG
December 15, 2023

Replica’s speed and AADT data sets, on local arterial roads, were used in SANDAGs latest State of the Commute Report to analyze non-highway road traffic conditions. Reporting on local road traffic was a new addition to the 2022 report, thanks to data SANDAG was able to access through Replica.

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Broward County Transit Development Plan
Broward County Transit
December 12, 2023

Broward County Transit created a Development Plan and leveraged Replica Data for key insights. Specifically Replica data was used to look at trip density. BCT highlighted the benefits of Replica data focusing on how frequently Replica data is updated and how Replica is more than just LBS data.

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The Capital Region Congestion Management Process (CMP) 2023 Update
Capital Region Transportation Council (CRTC)
December 7, 2023

CRTC characterizes the Congestion Management Process (CMP) as "one of the core planning processes required of all Metropolitan Planning Organizations with more than 200,000 population." In the 2023 Update to the Capital Region's CMP, CRTC uses Replica's seasonal and weekly mobility data to explain utilization of the region's multimodal transportation system as well as work-from-home estimates. The CMP includes mode split data for Fall 2023 and also presents trends in non-motorized trip volumes dating back to 2019.

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New Mexico DOT Vulnerable Road User Safety Assessment
New Mexico Department of Transportation
November 6, 2023

The New New Mexico Department of Transportation used Replica data for their Vulnerable Road User Safety Assessment. NM DOT leveraged Replica to ensure a more accurate and comprehensive data set.

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California Safe Roads: Vulnerable Road Users (VRU) Safety Assessment
caltrans
November 1, 2023

Caltrans partnered with Replica and Kimley-Horn to get Pedestrian and Bicycle Activity Data and volume based heat maps to support their VRU safety assessment. The purpose of the VRU Safety Assessment is to use a data-driven process to compile locations and strategies to improve safety for VRUs on CA state and local roads. The ultimate goal of the VRU Safety Assessment is to achieve Caltrans’ vision of zero fatalities and serious injuries by 2050, and similar national goals. This assessment identifies VRU safety improvement locations and provides a safety countermeasures selection matrix in alignment with the Safe System Approach (SSA) to help achieve the vision of eliminating roadway fatalities and serious injuries.

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Arizona DOT Vulnerable Road User Safety Assessment
Arizona DOT
November 1, 2023

Arizona DOT used Replica bike/ped data in their VRU assessment. AZ DOT notes Pedestrian and bicyclist activity data was obtained through user volume data from Replica, with information on pedestrian and bicycle trip locations and lengths. Similarly VRU activity data was provided as activity trips from the fall of 2022 from Replica Network Volumes.

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Florida Rail System Plan
FDOT
November 1, 2023

FDOT leveraged Replica data for their Florida Rail System Plan. Using Replica, they were able to study originating trips and terminating trips via Tri-Rail and SunRail.

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Rocky Mountain Institute's e-bike Calculator
RMI
October 12, 2023

Replica data is used to help power Rocky Mountain Institute's e-bike calculator. RMI’s e-bike calculator helps city policymakers and advocates quantify the environmental and economic benefits of replacing short-distance vehicle trips with e-bike trips.

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Leveraging Activity Based Models to Enhance Sustainable Mobility
Alta Planning + Design
July 12, 2023

Alta has a history of partnering with the company to leverage their models to make informed, impactful decisions about the places that matter to the communities we work with. Our latest partnership demonstrates ways collaboration can foster more sustainable and equitable communities through new modeling tools that help us plan for the future. Read more about what the partnership has produced in this report.

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NY Statewide Behavioral Equity Impact Decision Support Tool with Replica
C2SMART
July 1, 2023

The C2SMART team's research highlights a proposition to build out a behavioral response decision support tool designed to measure impacts on equity for different transportation systems design change.At the conclusion of C2SMART's research, NYSDOT will have an original tool that will allow them to measure impact of investments on different underserved communities in the state. The tool will enable policymakers in NYS (including partner mobility services) to design pricing and assortment strategies to customize their services for different population segments.

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Building for proximity: The role of activity centers in reducing total miles traveled
Brookings
June 29, 2023

This reports by Brookings focuses on how people’s proximity to activity centers (a Brookings-defined set of block groups) influences total household miles traveled (an original derivative based on Replica data). The report includes findings for more inclusive and sustainable communities going forward.

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Urban Mobility and the Experienced Isolation of Students
Cody Cook, Lindsey Currier, & Edward Glaeser
June 1, 2023

Cities provide access to stores, public amenities, and other people, but that access may provide less benefit for lower-income and younger urbanites who lack money and means of easy mobility. Leveraging Replica Data, the team measured the urban mobility and experienced racial and economic isolation of the young and the disadvantaged. The team found that students in major metropolitan areas experience more racial and income isolation, spend more time at home, stay closer to home when they do leave, and visit fewer restaurants and retail establishments than adults. Looking across levels of income, students from higher-income families visit more amenities, spend more time outside of the home, and explore more unique locations than low income students. Combining a number of measures into an index of urban mobility, the team found that, conditional on income, urban mobility is positively correlated with home neighborhood characteristics such as distance from the urban core, car ownership, and social capital.

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RTA’s Five-Year Regional Transit Strategic Plan
Regional Transportation Authority (RTA): Chicago region
May 5, 2023

In February 2023, the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Board of Directors approved RTA's Five-Year Regional Transit Strategic Plan – entitled “Transit is the Answer” – for the Chicago region. RTA leveraged a wide range of Replica data to inform the Strategic Plan, including trip purpose, travel time, race and ethnicity, and household income data across multiple seasons from Places, as well as change in trip volumes over time from Trends.

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Moving Forward 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)
Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC)
May 1, 2023

GBNRTC leveraged Replica's weekly mobility data as an input to their long-range Metropolitan Transportation Plan. Specifically, the chapter entitled "Where We Are Today" describes the use of Replica's mode split data to track the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the extent of the region's recovery over time. As noted in the plan, "GBNRTC will continue to engage with Replica and other data providers to ensure that the best-available data resources are brought to bear on the region’s transportation planning efforts."

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Oswego: Service Alignment Study
NYS Association of MPOs
March 21, 2023

The NYS Association of MPOs (NYSAMPO) used Replica data to inform a Shared Cost Initiative, and specifically a Shared-Use Transit Software Project for the case study of a bus network redesign in Oswego, NY. This work was done in conjunction with AVAIL, Transpo Group, Sam Schwartz, and Marlene Connor Associates. The Oswego pilot study addressed the question, "What will be the ridership impacts if transit service is modified?" To answer this question, Replica data was used to inform the development of the new bus network, paired with a ridership modeling software to forecast the number of riders on the new service. Replica's origin-destination data with demographic information was used to generate a Transit Propensity Index (TPI) as an input to the bus network redesign. The lessons learned in the study noted that "Replica data was found to be both powerful and user-friendly."

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Parametric Analysis of Telecommuting Effects on Transportation Tax Revenues
DC Department of Transportation (DDOT)
February 28, 2023

In February, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) released the Parametric Analysis of Telecommuting Effects on Transportation Tax Revenues, a report investigating the most influential parameters and possible scenarios affecting the District's Highway Trust Fund revenues due to increased telecommuting and changes in commute mode in order to propose a multi-criteria decision-making model for transportation tax revenue generation. The research team used data from various sources, including Replica, to explore the elasticities of private motorizations, mode choice in relation to gasoline prices, and the working population's travel behavior.

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Clean Freight Assessments in California
California Transportation Commission
February 6, 2023

The California Transportation Commission utilized Replica data in clean freight assessments.

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MTA's Extending Transit's Reach Plan
MTA NY
January 11, 2023

In collaboration with Sam Schwartz and Nelson\Nygaard, Replica supported the Metropolitan Transportation Agency's Extending Transit's Reach Plan. The MTA's focus was on enhancing bicycle, pedestrian, and micromobility access to NYC's public transit network. To conduct an equity and bike demand analysis, Nelson\Nygaard used Replica's bike data along with 13 social equity indicators from the US census. Equity priority areas in the outer boroughs and end-of-line station areas were identified where bike infrastructure was lacking. Using Replica's bike data, Nelson\Nygaard provided valuable insights into bike demand, helping the MTA plan infrastructure improvements with a focus on equity.

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Draft TxDOT Traffic and Safety Analysis Procedures Manual
Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)
January 1, 2023

In 2023, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) released a manual that offers guidance about scoping and conducting traffic and safety analyses for TxDOT projects at a variety of project development stages, from planning through preliminary and final design. Chapter 2 of the manual is focused on data collection, and a sub-section discusses the role of “big data” in supplementing traditional data sources. Replica is identified as one of several providers of big data, and a summary matrix indicates that a number of project-specific analyses could be conducted using these big data sources, including an analysis of alternatives, segments, interchanges, and more. A subsequent section of the manual notes that big data sources such as Replica could be used to “develop, calibrate, validate, and refine” a travel demand model (TDM). As such, the manual underscores the multitude of ways in which Replica data can be leveraged by state departments of transportation and related agencies in advancing specific projects as well as strategic priorities.

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Making New York Work for Everyone
New York City
December 1, 2022

Replica data provided key insights on how the pandemic affected mobility and economic activity in New York City, and how things have changed over the past three years. This included mobility data on walking and transit trips, as well as consumer spending for restaurants, bars, retail, and other categories.With data for business districts and core employment hubs in NYC, and weekly historical data back to January 2019, Replica helped track recovery over time against a pre-pandemic baseline and assisted in setting a vision that ensures New York works for all New Yorkers.

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Regional Mobility Plan Existing Conditions
DuPage County, IL
September 1, 2022

DuPage County worked closely with RTA & other local agencies on their updated regional mobility plan. The team relied heavily on Replica Data.

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Transportation inequities & proximity focused planning
Brookings
October 1, 2021

Brookings wanted to understand what kinds of performance measures could help practitioners design neighborhoods and transportation systems that better capture proximity's benefits. They used Replica Data to compare cities in different regions across the United States.

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Commercial Market Report
Union Square Partnership
March 1, 2021

Union Square Partnership wanted to create a document that lets residents and visitors know that the neighborhood is bouncing back following covid recovery. They used Replica data to understand and report on retail spending, total trips, and bike use in order to make their case.

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