MOTUnes Monday | Fast Train

Every Monday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities showcases a song related to transportation, energy, or sustainability. This week, we’re rolling down the rails with Solomon Burke covering Van Morrison.

Tidbit Tuesday | Percent Change in Philadelphia International Airport’s Passengers from 2002

On Tuesdays, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities (MOTU) posts a map or graphic that tells a story about transportation or utilities in the City of Brotherly Love.

This week we graphed the percent change in passengers on domestic and international flights originating at Philadelphia International Airport over 2002 ridership.  It is interesting to see that the drop in domestic flight passengers from 2008 to 2009 may be correlated with the Economic Recession in 2008 but passengers on flights bound for international destinations increased from 2008 to 2009.  Overall, the number of passengers on both domestic and international bound flights originating at Philadelphia International Airport have increased by 33% (3.5M passengers) since 2002.

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You can find this data and more on the Research and Innovative Technology Administration’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics webpage here.

MOTUnes Monday | Taxi Cab

Every Monday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities showcases a song related to transportation, energy, or sustainability. This week, we’re out on the town with Vampire Weekend.

Tidbit Tuesday | Philadelphia 2nd in Non-Car Commuter Percentages of Top 10 Most Populous Cities in America

On Tuesdays, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities (MOTU) posts a map or graphic that tells a story about transportation or utilities in the City of Brotherly Love.

This week we took a look at American Community Survey 2012 1-year estimate data of the top 10 most populous cities in America (you can pull the data yourself from American Factfinder here).  We decided to graph the car vs. non-car breakdowns between these top cities.  Philadelphia has the second highest non-car commuter percentages of these selected cities behind New York City (just barely edging out Chicago).  Do any of these surprise you?

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MOTUnes Monday | Electricity

Every Monday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities showcases a song related to transportation, energy, or sustainability. This week, OMD charges the air.

Tidbit Tuesday | Percentage of each Philadelphia commuter mode that leaves for work between 7am-8am & 8am-9am

On Tuesdays, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities (MOTU) posts a map or graphic that tells a story about transportation or utilities in the City of Brotherly Love.

This week we took American Community Survey data (2008 – 2012 5-year estimate) and graphed how different modes in Philadelphia leave for work at different times.  Please note that all percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number.  As can be seen in the graph below, 27% of those who commute by driving alone or by carpooling leave between 7am and 8am.  28% of those who walk to work leave between 8am – 9am.  What time do you leave for work?

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MOTUnes Monday | The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)

Every Monday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities showcases a song related to transportation, energy, or sustainability. This week, we’re taking a springtime stroll with Simon and Garfunkel.

Tidbit Tuesday | How do Philadelphians of different income brackets commute to work?

On Tuesdays, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities (MOTU) posts a map or graphic that tells a story about transportation or utilities in the City of Brotherly Love.

This week we took American Community Survey data (2008 – 2012 5-year estimate) and graphed how Philadelphians within different income brackets report getting to work.  You can find this information on the US Census’ American FactFinder here.

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Here at MOTU, we saw a few interesting patterns in the data.  According to the data, those Philadelphians who get to work by driving alone appears to increase by income bracket until the top bracket, where it decreases by 4 percentage points.  In addition, we see a decrease and increase in those who walk to work.  From the data, it appears that those who make between $35K – $49.9K are the least likely to walk to work, while those who make below $15K/yr and above $75K/yr are the most likely to walk to work.  What other patterns do you see?

In case you are curious, here is the distribution of salaries for Philadelphia’s working residents:

 Salary  Number of Workers   Percent of Total Workers 
 $1 – $9.9K

85,427

14%

 $10K – $14.9K 

46,989

8%

 $15K – $24.9K

93,270

16%

 $25K – $34.9K

97,658

16%

 $35K – $49.9K

110,670

18%

 $50K – $64.9K

73,853

12%

 $65K – $74.9K

28,086

5%

 $75K+

65,378

11%

              Total:

601,331 

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MOTUnes Monday | Orange Blossom Special

Every Monday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities showcases a song related to transportation, energy, or sustainability. This week, we’re waiting at the station with Johnny Cash.

You’re Invited: Artist-Designed Bike Racks Display & Reception

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Mark April 9th on your calendars to join us and our favorite new bike racks for an afternoon reception featuring the winners of the Bicycle Coalition’s Artistic Bike Rack competition.  The reception will be held from 5pm-7pm in the Art Gallery at City Hall, in room 116 B, and is hosted by the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OCCE) and the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.  New York City may have David Byrne, but we think that Philadelphia’s  artists can hang with the best of ‘em.  Come see what all the fuss is about.

From OCCE:

“The City’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy introduces two exhibitions in celebration of Philadelphia’s growing bicycle culture.  Artist-designed Bike Racks and Bike p’ARTs combine two great local passions: cycling and art. The exhibits are located on the 1st and 2nd floors of City Hall, NE corner in the Art Gallery at City Hall and display cases near the Mayor’s Offices.  An artist reception is scheduled for April 9, 5-7 pm.

Last summer, the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy in partnership with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia launched an open competition inviting artists and designers to create unique and creative bike racks for Philadelphia.  The project was made possible by a $50,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge. Over 100 entries from 83 individuals and firms, representing 21 states, as well as the Netherlands and Poland; 35 entries came from the Philadelphia area were reviewed by a panel of arts professionals and bicycle enthusiasts.  Selections were made based on creativity, appropriateness to Center City, and functionality as a bike rack. 
 
Nine design finalists were selected:
Peter Everett Brown and Barbara Ann Sprague AIA, of Brown Sprague LLC, Kathleen Fruge-Brown, Warren Holzman & Iron Studio, Carin Mincemoyer, Joe Norman, Collin Robinson, Nathaniel Ross, Ralph Tullie and Juliet Whelan.

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rtist-designed Bike Racks features all 9 of the winning bike rack designs in the Art Gallery at City Hall. This is the only remaining opportunity to see all the designs in one location.  Afterwards, the bike racks will be installed throughout Center City in such locations as the Cira Centre, Sister Cities Park, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, for widespread public use.  Prior to being exhibited in City Hall, the fabricated designs were part of this year’s Flower Show.
 
To complement Artist-design Bike Racks, artists from the region were invited to submit art that utilizes bicycle parts, exploring themes of sustainability, health and the urban environment. Bike p’ARTs features the work of 11 local artists: Regina Kelly Barthmaier, Robert Barabos, Charlize Katzenbach, Jennifer Lynn, Gerry Marron, Eric Mozes and Donnell Powell of Color My Sidewalk, Elicia “Eel-Eye” Avenue, Scott White, Kendal Wilkins and Raphael Xavier
 
The exhibits run through June 13th.” 
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