Welcome to Tricks of the Trade, a new quarterly round-up of the resources that will help you (and your peers) get even more out of the Remix platform. This round-up includes updates from Transit, Streets, Explore, and more.
While you skim, keep in mind that you can always reach out to your Partner Success Manager or drop us a line at email@example.com if you find something of interest and want to dive deeper.
One last thing, if you're greeted with the following screen while clicking through any of the help site links below, it means that you are not logged into your Remix account and cannot view password-protected pages. Click ‘Remix’ to sign in as shown below:
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What's new for all Remix users?
New in collaboration
Project sharing 2.0 -- Project Sharing was always a feature in Remix, but Project Sharing 2.0 takes all the best parts of the collaborative cloud-based tools you know and love (like Google Docs, Dropbox, Microsoft Teams) and applies them to Remix’s mapping interface. This new feature improves three critical workflows:
Streamlines collaboration with in-app invitations;
Gives project owners privacy controls and the ability to grant collaborators 'Edit' or 'View-only' access;
Deepens public engagement by giving the public more ways to interact with maps
There's a lot you can do with Project Sharing 2.0! Read more in the help site article.
Curious to learn how your peers are using Remix to collaborate? Check the results from a survey with this interactive web experience.
Commenting -- Say goodbye to unread emails and hello to Remix Commenting! Remix Commenting collects feedback from your collaborators and stores them all in one place: your Remix project. Comments include geotagging so there is always spatial context for your conversational thread. Check out this help article for more details.
New in data-driven decision making
Breakdown Tables -- Remix’s Breakdown Tables provides the ideal format for digging deeper into your data. It allows you to instantly see the interaction between multiple demographic variables. This complex data analysis can save you many precious hours refining grant applications, building responsive outreach plans, and determining the potential impacts of infrastructure investments. Learn all the ins and outs in the help site article here.
Looking to learn more about how cities are applying the functionality of Breakdown Tables to achieve more equitable outcomes both internally and externally? See how LADOT uses Remix to implement changes across all facets of an organization.
Data layers -- Data analysis goes hand-in-hand with data visualization; that’s why we’ve made improvements to data layers in Remix. You can now add multiple layers to the map (and layers are interactive)!
Our Data team has added tons of interesting and timely new data layers for partners, including COVID vaccination sites, exposure to pollutants, microtransit zones, custom Origin/Destination (OD), and more. Reach out to your Partner Success Manager if your organization has data you'd like to see in Remix.
Example use of Origin/Destination (OD) data: Helsinki Regional Transport Authority (HSL) of Greater Helsinki, Finland leveraged OD layers to assess the COVID-related change in demand along their trunk lines Using this analysis, they proposed changes to their trunk lines and used Remix for public engagement.
Example use of environmental data: Like many agencies, Pierce Transit (WA) is planning to increase the number of electric buses in its fleet and improve environmental justice outcomes. The agency leveraged pollution data in Remix to ensure that their plans for electric bus routes reduce the environmental burden in historically disadvantaged communities.
Remix’s data layers are a powerful tool for planners. We encourage you to get creative with them! Check out this blog post for further inspiration.
What's new for Remix Transit users?
New in visualizations
Presentation Studio -- Presentation Studio allows you to share your Remix projects in a clear, high-contrast, presentation-ready format that can be used for many purposes, such as communicating detours or service proposals. This feature has changed so much in the last three months as we’ve continued to improve it, and usage is taking off! Four out of ten users have already used Presentation Studio, and in March 2021, over 2,000 presentation-ready maps were exported. One of the new improvements is layers. The layers that you select in Plan mode will now show up in Present Studio. Get the most out of Presentation Studio with this help site article.
Style & Filter Routes -- You can now communicate insights about your transit network by using Remix to segment and style routes by frequency, vehicle types, and operator. This means you can now make a frequency map in Remix with a few simple clicks. This new styling can be used for both identifying insights and creating beautiful, presentation-ready visuals. Check out this help site article to learn how.
What's new for Remix Streets users?
Advanced Editing 2.0 is here! Now you have even more control over the design of intersections in Remix. This release allows you to sketch curb extensions within an offset intersection, visualize multi-radii corners, design more accurate sidewalk shapes, and even represent simple roundabouts. Check out this help site article to learn more.
Centerline locking -- While setting up a cross-section, you can use centerline locking to assist with tracing the underlying satellite aerial image more easily. This is especially helpful if you don't know your existing lane widths for a given street. You can lock any line edge in place and make edits to other lanes without having the edits impact the line/lane placement that is locked in place. Check out the help site article and see what we mean with GIF tutorials.
Tools for clarifying your vision
Dimension labels help you sell engineers on your ideas. You can add dimension labels to show lane widths, taper lengths, driveway widths, bike rack lengths, bus stop distance from an intersection, curb-to-curb, right-of-way distances, and more. Visit our help site to learn how to use these new labels.
Remix Streets in action: Looking for inspiration? The City of New Orleans is in the process of developing seven concepts aimed at pedestrianizing the French Quarter. Check out a recent presentation their team delivered to see Remix Streets in action.
Meet the Remix Blog
More than 5,000 readers have explored the Remix Blog in the past three months. Here’s a recap of some of the posts:
Transpo Talk turns 1!
Transpo Talk is a private Slack community for transportation professionals. We launched the online community back in March of 2020 with the hope of providing a safe space for the industry to gather and navigate the COVID-19 crisis and recovery together. Today there are 700+ members who participate in peer-to-peer conversations, attend our intimate virtual events, and share helpful resources and knowledge with our community. Join the conversation today (it’s free)!
Looking to learn even more about recent releases? Reach out to your Partner Success Manager or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.