Boston Taxi Pickups

Roughly 4.2 million geocoded taxi pickups were collected over a 6 month period in Boston, MA. The number of pickups within 200m by 200m sections of the city were counted for each hour of the week. The timeseries of weekly taxi pickups for grid cells containing city attractions are plotted below. Note: Each time series begins at midnight on monday morning.

Fenway Park and TD Garden see spikes in usage Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday perhaps coinciding with sporting schedules. Theaters also see lulls during the week with peaks Thursday through Saturday. Finally, it is interesting to compare 27 Drydock with the Institute of Contemporary Art. The drydock appears to have spikes early in the morning while the ICA peaks at night. Perhaps this is due to workers leaving overnight shifts at the drydocks.