Transitland Version 2

by Drew Dara-Abrams and Ian Rees

It’s been a quiet year on this blog, and we’re overdue to share all the work that’s been going on behind the scenes since the last post. What first started as two simple, separate, little experiments has grown into the seeds of a major revision of the entire Transitland platform: Transitland Version 2.

In this post we’ll step through:

After reading (or at least skimming :) this post, we welcome you to complete a survey about Transitland v2 and join the list to beta test.

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Transitland Continues in 2019

by Drew Dara-Abrams

Just like a garden, open-source and open-data projects require continual tending. During 2018, we quietly maintained the core of Transitland’s code and data. We also worked to put in place new partnerships and structures to support Transitland after the shuttering of Mapzen. With 2019 beginning, we’re glad to share more widely these plans for Transitland’s ongoing tending and growth as an open platform.

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Transitcat: Intuitive Isochrones and Vulnerability Analysis for Public Transit Planners

transitcat_home The Transitcat home page

by Aaron Aquino, Tracey Lin, and Erik Raucher

All computer science majors at Stanford are required to carry out a senior capstone project, so during our final quarter as undergrads we teamed up to build Transitcat, a web application aimed at helping public transit planners visualize and better understand their networks. In order to narrow down what we wanted to work on, we conducted need-finding interviews with folks from many professions, including public transit planners, urban studies lecturers, and software developers who work on other public transit-oriented products. Based on these interviews, we were able to identify gaps in the market and decided to build a tool that:

  • is user-friendly and designed for public transit planners with minimal technical experience,
  • provides vulnerability analysis,
  • generates isochrone maps,
  • correlates public transit data with nearby business information, and
  • is free!
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