Tracking How People Use Transit in Sydney
Transport for New South Wales, the government authority responsible for transit in the Australian state, has published a series of de-identified datasets about commuters’ usage of Opal—a contactless ticketing system—for buses, trains, and ferries in Sydney and surrounding suburbs. Commuters tap their Opal cards to kiosks whenever they board and depart public transit, allowing the agency to get a snapshot of the transit system’s ridership, as well as when, where, and how people travel. The datasets contain two non-consecutive weeks of Opal usage as well as statistics about monthly ridership.
Image: Beau Giles.