Phoenix, Arizona is using Walk Score data to analyze the performance of existing light rail stations and to model the performance of proposed stations. The Phoenix planning department combined Walk Score, housing, and employment data to measure transit oriented development (TOD).

“Walk Score data helps us understand which corridors and station locations perform best from a land use perspective—which is often a key missing input in transportation planning where the primary focus is on ‘node’ (stations) rather than ‘place’ considerations,” said Curt Upton, the Light Rail Planning Coordinator for The City of Phoenix Planning and Development Services Department.

Walk Score of Existing and Proposed Light Rail Stations

To evaluate station performance, Phoenix used 60,723 data points in shapefile format that included:

  • Street Smart Walk Score
  • Average block length
  • Intersection density

Housing, employment, and Walk Score data used to measure TOD

Phoenix plans to use Walk Score data in a similar fashion to evaluate the performance of their canal corridors.  Did you know Phoenix has 181 miles of canals (and Venice, Italy has 125 miles of canals)?  Here’s a great video on the canals of Phoenix.

Read the full case study: Analyzing Light Rail Station Area Performance in Phoenix.

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