The Mobility Innovator
making transit more resilient and equitable
Transit Access interactive map showing network and perceived walking and biking distances

MIT City Form Lab in partnership with the Sasaki Foundation and Barr Foundation

About the Project

The Mobility Innovator is a year-long initiative to address mobility challenges in the Boston region through the lenses of resiliency and equity.

The project, funded by the Barr Foundation and in partnership with Sasaki, seeks to understand how to better connect communities of color and low-income communities to jobs, social networks, daily needs, and amenities by improving and augmenting existing and emerging transportation networks. It explores how to better leverage technology to identify gaps in current mobility options, including bike and pedestrian pattern analysis and public safety of mobility choices. The project also investigates how amenity-oriented development can achieve a higher share of  retail, food, service, entertainment, and social trips on foot.

get [t]here interactive online survey

Sasaki Foundation in partnership with Sasaki

get [t]here

The Sasaki Foundation, in partnership with Sasaki, is creating get [t]here. This website will explore the challenges of mobility access in Gateway Cities around Greater Boston, specifically in Lynn and Malden. This fall, through an interactive survey, we will provide members of these communities an opportunity to express their mobility priorities and observe how different projects can support their needs. The Sasaki Foundation is also partnering with the Local Voices Network (LVN) to facilitate virtual conversations with community members to further surface experiences around mobility, equity, and COVID-19.

This winter, Sasaki will publish the completed website which combines the results from this interactive survey and summaries from our conversations with informative charts and graphs to tell a larger story on how people get to where they need to go and the ways these trips can be improved. We hope this work will support ongoing and future efforts towards more equitable investment in mobility infrastructure in these Gateway Cities.

Transit Access Research

The Sasaki Foundation partnered with Andres Svetsuk of the City Form Lab at MIT to research commuter rail access in Greater Boston. The research team compared measured and perceived distances to the nearest station for both pedestrians and bicycles. The research shows how these distances can substantially differ, affected by factors like traffic, grade change, and amenities. The report, Transit Access: Improving Walking and Biking to Commuter Rail Stations in Greater Boston, presents four policy options and explores how each scenario could reduce perceived distance, improving access to residents, jobs, and development opportunities in the commuter rail system as a whole.

Explore the interactive map and download the report here.

Transit Access interactive map showing network and perceived walking distances

City Form Lab at MIT in partnership with the Sasaki Foundation and Barr Foundation