Carolina Johnson in the Seattle Times for ORCA card research

Political Science Ph.D. candidate, Carolina Johnson, was mentioned in the Seattle Times for her work in a UW summer fellowship program called Data Science for Social Good. She, along with a group of three other graduate students, “took 21 million ORCA-card readings and wrangled the data into a form that can be used to discover where, and when, we go when we ride the bus.” This research will be useful because it can tell agencies where services can improve.

Mark Hallenbeck (director of the Washington State Transportation Center) hopes that riders will see improvements as early as next fall. “Knowing where people get on and off the bus, and where they transfer, also might lead to other improvements — such as new bus shelters in popular locations.”