To mark the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, five tube maps were made out of Lego. Four show the evolution of the system from 1927 to the present and one shows a possible 2020 system.
Idea Lab’s Bill Gross recently tweeted this photo, showing what one of Google’s self-driving cars sees when it attempts to make a left turn at a junction.
The Globe obtained fare data for one cab driver. It reveals a job filled with frustrating days and meager rewards.
Walkability is a subject many cities are increasingly getting involved with. Our legs are often overlooked when thinking about transport in the city, with municipalities passionately constructing bicycle lanes and roads as far as the eye can see whilst competely forgetting about the pedestrian’s needs. Instead of focusing on these forms of transport, Pontevedra in northwest Spain has been trying for the last 15 years to make their city more walker-friendly. To further improve walkability, they have created a subway-inspired map for pedestrians.
The official WMATA transit map (designed for clarity & legibility) vs. the actual geographical layout of the DC Metro
Metro_Compared (by Don Whiteside)
From the 1932 Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States, these maps paint the picture of transportation in the 1800s.
This year, more than $64.3 billion worth of transit expansion projects will begin construction, continue construction, or enter into service in the United States. It’s a huge investment, much of it the product of extensive state and local spending.
This map I made shows the accessibility of the Metro. Each circle has a 1/2 mile diameter and centered about the points of entry to Metro Stations - they represent a 5 minute walking distance (1/4 mile) to each station. Clearly, there are a lot of holes and “access deserts,” the largest of which includes the greater Capitol Hill neighborhood (which is one of DC’s oldest and most dense neighborhoods). Further, this is a map focused on the core of the historically planned city of Washington, the access deserts only get worse as you zoom out to the entirety of the District and includes areas of the city that are most economically and socially depressed.
There is also another layer of information here that is often overlooked in evaluating transit access. Not only do these gaps, holes, and deserts make the livability of a city suppressed for residents who live outside of access areas, but this lack of access also makes the knowing, understanding, and therefore ownership of a city much more difficult for all those who live there.
Local info site Trulia launched a Commute Map that lets users dynamically visualize their journey to work.
It’s especially useful for those planning to move to a new area. The interactive and responsive map helps users see commute times to work and other areas by translating the information into a heat bubbles.