New PSL Screen at Bakery Square

New Bus Shelter at Bakery Square
New Bus Shelter at Bakery Square

Have you seen the PittSmartLiving screen at the sparkling-new bus shelter at Bakery Square? It is located at the corner of Penn Ave and Bakery Square Blvd. The screen shows live Port Authority bus arrival times and capacities, nearby Healthy Ride bike availability, weather, news, and more. The project was a collaboration between PittSmartLiving and Walnut Capital, with support from the National Science Foundation.

Mobility Patterns Dashboard

We have created an interactive dashboard to visualize mobility patterns in Allegheny County. The dashboard helps to visualize the level of compliance with the shelter-in-place orders that were put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The mobility data were obtained from SafeGraph.

Users can click on a census block group (CBG) on the map to visualize the mobility patterns relating to that CBG. The colors on the map indicate the level of mobility between the selected CBG and all other CBGs in the county. There are two modes of operation. The outgoing mode shows where the people who reside in the selected CBG are traveling to. The incoming mode shows where people who visit the selected CBG are coming from. Additionally, the date range can be altered to see how these patterns change during the various phases of the shelter-in-place orders.

The middle panel shows a more detailed view of the mobility patterns for the selected pair of CBGs over time. The right panel shows important census data for the selected census block group, including population, income, race, and age.

This dashboard is part of a larger project analyzing how social distancing compliance is related to COVID-19 deaths. For more information, read our paper, which will be presented as part of the epiDAMIK workshop. The dashboard is available at

2019 NSF Cyber-Physical Systems PI Meeting

In November, we presented some of our work at the NSF Cyber-Physical Systems PI Meeting in Arlington, VA. We were excited to share the following items at our demo booth:

  • Bus capacity visualization – How full is the bus at a given stop throughout the day?
  • Digital display of bus arrivals times & capacity – When will my bus arrive and how full will it be?
  • Field experiment visualization – Where and when are people taking the bus?

Watch the video for more info about our project and the progress that we have made throughout the last year.