Greater Washington Partnership Leverages Citilabs’ Sugar Access To Measure Access To Essential Destinations

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Sugar Access allows for a complete understanding of access to employment opportunities, public services and much more across all modes of mobility.

Access Measured in Capital Region

Transit Access to Jobs by Vehicle Ownership

"Sugar Access allows us to compare the entire super-region against metro areas and census block, and fine tune recommendations to improve transportation access for select areas and populations.” -Joe McAndrew, Director of Transportation Policy at the Greater Washington Partnership

Leading mobility analytics solution provider Citilabs, today announced its accessibility measurement solution, Sugar Access, has been chosen by the Greater Washington Partnership—a civic alliance of leading employers and entrepreneurs from Baltimore, Washington and Richmond—to measure access to jobs, health care, higher education institutions, and activity by vehicle, transit, biking and walking. In a recent study, they combined that access information with vehicle ownership records to determine the areas of Washington, D.C. where the population has the hardest time getting to employment opportunities.

Access to destinations has long been an important topic in city planning, but it has just recently become easier to quantify with tools like Sugar Access. Accessibility measurement simultaneously considers the why, where and the how of connecting, and provides the ability for land use and transportation planners to know what to change to optimize connectivity. If people have easy access to local destinations, they don’t have to travel greater distances, will more likely spend their money locally, and could even choose to walk. In this way, accessibility affects the number of vehicles on the road, time spent traveling, travel distances, the ability to travel by different modes, and even the quality and economic productivity of a place.

“Our mission is to make the Capital Region one of the world’s best places to live, work and build a business. You can’t do that without understanding how residents navigate all mobility options to essential destinations by assessing existing and planned investments outcomes,” said Joe McAndrew, Director of Transportation Policy at the Greater Washington Partnership. “Sugar Access allows us to compare the entire super-region against metro areas and census block, and fine tune recommendations to improve transportation access for select areas and populations.”

“We created Sugar Access to help cities attack problems just like they are in Washington, D.C.,” said CEO Michael Clarke. “We want to help ‘create livability’ by increasing the ease of reaching everyday destinations – work, school, groceries, medical facilities and more. We know resources are extremely limited, and with Sugar Access you can model proposed infrastructure changes to measure the impact and make the best decisions for the region.”

ABOUT CITILABS

At Citilabs, we build robust solutions that empower meaningful change for the betterment of communities and organizations by understanding the movement of people, goods and vehicles. Citilabs’ solutions allow users to measure, manage and predict how people move and goods flow, advising the transportation, advertising, insurance, real estate, retail, mobility services and automotive industries. Headquartered in Sacramento, with offices in Atlanta, Tallahassee, Abu Dhabi, Milan, and Singapore, Citilabs has a 40-year history as a global industry leader and supports more than 2,500 clients in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit http://www.citilabs.com.

ABOUT THE GREATER WASHINGTON PARTNERSHIP

The Greater Washington Partnership is a first-of-its-kind civic alliance of CEOs in the region, drawing from the leading employers and entrepreneurs committed to making the Capital Region—from Baltimore to Richmond—one of the world’s best places to live, work and build a business. Working in collaboration with leaders across our communities, the Partnership connects and leverages the region’s extraordinary assets to advance inclusive, actionable solutions that strengthen Greater Washington as a leading global region and center for commerce and innovation. For more information, visit http://www.greaterwashingtonpartnership.com.

Greater Washington Partnership Media Contact:
Steven Chlapecka
skc(at)greaterwashingtonpartnership(dot)com
202-871-9914

Citilabs Media Contact:
Chris Moe
cmoe(at)citilabs(dot)com
404-394-6158

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