Fare Share: Flow and Efficiency in NYC's Taxi System
Marieme Toure (CUNY New York City College of Technology)
Co-authors: Abraham Neuwirth (Touro College), Jai Punjwani (Adelphi University), Fatima Chebchoub (CUNY New York City College of Technology)
New York City is home to millions of people who rely on its robust transportation system. The taxi system in particular plays a critical role in helping people navigate the city. With access to information about every single trip that occurred in a yellow taxi in 2013, we were able to reveal patterns in how people move throughout the city. We also analyzed driver efficiency, showing that there is a substantial amount of skill involved in driving a taxi, with some drivers consistently earning up to 30% more than average. Finally, we used the highly granular nature of this data to identify the locations of redundant trips in the city, and showed that a simple carpooling strategy could reduce the amount of times money spent on taxis as well as the number of taxi trips taken by upwards of 7%.