This project outlined a transition plan for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to follow as they deploy zero-emission buses (ZEB) across their nine garages. Equity is an important consideration for any deployment of a new technology or major transportation investment and particularly for ZEB projects where both are at stake. Foursquare ITP worked with WMATA to ensure that traditionally underrepresented groups were actively considered and prioritized in the decision-making process so that the people who will benefit the most from ZEBs can start accruing those benefits sooner.
The Foursquare ITP team supported the data cleaning and analysis of route and block data to understand the feasibility of transitioning to battery electric bus service. This included processing current schedule GTFS data, block data and calculating slopes across every route in the Metrobus system. Additionally, Foursquare ITP supported an equity-focused task to help WMATA understand the risks and potential impacts of a ZEB transition to low income and minority populations.