Public Transit Analytics is a sole proprietorship operated by Matthew Laquidara.
By training and trade I am a computer scientist and software developer. I received bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where I published work on the difficulties of providing consistent measures of computer performance. Afterwards, I worked in various software development roles at Amazon.com and Amazon Web Services, working with systems ranging from box-building machines to user-configurable network firewalls. In these roles I learned that making the right measurements, and properly communicating these measurements, is the key to making the right decisions, whether in the context of a warehouse or a web service.
My passion for transit planning originates from extensive time spent riding public transit in Boston and Seattle. I began following the processes that multiple Pacific Northwest-area agencies used when opening a light rail extension and restructuring bus service to better serve that extension. In observing that process, I found it difficult to understand how transit agencies reacted to feedback from public outreach, as the process seemed driven more by perception than data. I began writing software as a personal project to make objective measurements of transit restructures. After conversations with transit planners and a review of academic planning literature, I came to understand that the measurement made by the software filled a unique niche in transit network modeling techniques. Now known as Spontaneous Accessibility, it measures the ability of transit customers to make unexpected trips. It does so at a level of precision where the network-wide impact of even small changes can be seen, and of performance that allows many alternatives to be considered quickly. Because Spontaneous Accessibility is a visual measurement, it allows precise, data-driven communication with network stakeholders and the general public.
As a new business, Public Transit Analytics works with agencies and groups of all sizes, or their prime contractor partners, on projects large and small. Whether the problem to be solved is concrete or needs definition, Public Transit Analytics is comfortable examining it and understanding how to see it through to completion. Though located in Seattle, Washington, Public Transit Analytics seeks opportunities both nationally and internationally. Being entirely self-funded, Public Transit Analytics only has obligations to furnish its clients with unbiased, objective results.