2019 National Planning Conference

Data Jam Interactive Discussions: Get SF Transit Moving!

Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. PDT

Cost: $

Activity Type: Offsite Tours and Programming

Activity ID: NPC190064

Location: Depart from Moscone West - Mobile Workshop Departure Area

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  • Collaborate with civic tech thinkers and provide insights and planning perspectives during roundtable discussions.
  • Explore open data sources and tools for examining transportation issues.
  • Discover ways to connect with the civic tech community and hear best practices for organizing and participating in civic tech events.



What is a Data Jam? Similar to a hackathon, a Data Jam is an intensive workshop where volunteers explore problems using open data, technology, and design.

APA is co-organizing the NPC19 Data Jam with SF Transit Riders, Code for America, and Code for San Francisco. SF Transit Riders is a member-supported nonprofit advocating for excellent transit in San Francisco. Code for America is a national civic tech organization, with a mission to “use the principles and practices of the digital age to improve how government serves the American public, and how the public improves government.”

The event will be hosted at Code for America headquarters, a 10-minute walk from the Moscone Center.

The NPC19 Data Jam Challenge:

San Francisco and the Bay Area are experiencing year-over-year record traffic congestion. More people have to travel farther distances. Too often, buses and trains are caught in the congestion, making other modes more competitive. According to the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, about 50 percent of the city’s increased traffic congestion from 2010 to 2016 can be attributed to Uber and Lyft (the other 50 percent is due to job and population growth).

As regional density increases, these problems won't solve themselves. Let's explore what can be achieved with data-driven transit planning!

What transit route upgrades could improve service? Do transit routes effectively connect communities, jobs, and with other transit? What quick-and-easy street improvements could increase ridership? In San Francisco, what routes could be 30 minutes, end to end? What treatments, stop spacing, or other upgrades would be needed?




  • 10:30 a.m.: Depart from Moscone West — Mobile Workshop Departure Area
  • 11:45 a.m.: Arrive at Code for America Headquarters
  • 11 a.m.: Introduction, tool sets, data sets, challenges
  • 11:30 a.m.: Break-out group discussions
  • Noon: Lunch; continue break-out group discussions
  • 12:45 p.m.: Return to Moscone West


Tickets are free but required because space is limited. Light breakfast and lunch will be served. As a volunteer activity in support of the local community, you may claim CM credit for pro bono planning service.

Also join us Thursday, April 11, 5:30 – 7:30pm for a Data Jam Preview Happy Hour!

Data Jam results will be presented on Monday, at 2:45 p.m. at the NPC19 Tech Zone stage.