Addition of Bike Racks and Lockers at Seattle Bus and Light Rail Stations

-Seattle’s Sound Transit is planning to add 200 spaces for bikes and 173 bike lockers at eleven transit stations and centers around Seattle.

-According to Sound Transit, the lockers can hold one bike and each rack can hold at least eight bikes.

-The bike spaces and lockers will be used by those transit riders trying to connect with buses, commuter and light rail.

-Customers will be charged a $50 annual fee for use of the lockers.

-The lockers and racks will be paid for by federal grants.

Information for this post was taken from the Seattle Transportation Watch blog by Scott Gutierrez.

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FHWA/U.S. Census Bureau Webinar: Delineating Urban, Urbanized and Urban Cluster Areas

On Friday, June 11, 2010, FHWA and Census Bureau hosted a webinar where the Census Bureau discussed their plans for delineating Urban, Urbanized and Urban Cluster areas.  The webinar was recorded and is available at along with the slides which can be downloaded from the “materials to take home” pod.  The webinar is also available at the AASHTO CTPP website, along with slides and a Q & A section.

2009 Transit GIS Presentations Available for Download

The 2009 NCTR Transit GIS Conference Presentations are available for download.
The presentations are organized by the session topics and can be found here.

Analysis of Fare Data

It’s All About the Customer

Network Modeling

Transit Asset Management

Google Transit – GTFS Data Standards with Open Innovation

GIS for Transit Planning & Analysis

Route/Trip Planning Solutions

Data and Systems Management

Planning Transit Access

Bus Stops

Better Transit Maps

Put Your Best Data Forward

Models to Success

New Technologies to Support Transit Infrastructure Management and Assessment

Enterprise Data Models

A full list of the presentations are located here.

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ESRI International User Conference: July 12-16 2010, San Diego, CA

The Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.  (ESRI) will hold their International User Conference on July 12-16 2010, in San Diego, CA. The conference will showcase the latest GIS technology and services from companies around the world.

The conference will offer the following transportation workshops:

“Managing Tomorrow’s Transportation System with GIS”

“Transportation Exchange”

“Transportation for the Nation Parts One and Two”

“GIS in Transit Planning Operations”

“GIS and Transit Planning: Best Practice Examples”

“GIS and Transportation Planning”

“Bringing Meaning to Federal Transportation Data”

“GIS for Highway Management”

“Transit: Land Use, Accessibility, and Special Needs”

“Transportation Research with GIS”

“Transportation Asset Management”

“ESRI Transportation Management Solution”

“Aviation, Ports, and Railroads SIG Meeting”

“GIS Designs for Real-Time Information”

“Development of Comprehensive Transportation Networks and Analysis”

–Sponsors and exhibitors include: JAVAD GNSS, Trimble, ITT, NAVTEQ, Stratus Technologies, Accela, BlackBerry, GeoEye, Microsoft, Valtus Imagery Services, and i-cubed: information,  integration & imaging, LLC.

For more information on the ESRI conference, please click here.

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NCTR’s 2007 National GIS in Transit Conference

The NCTR 4th National GIS in Transit Conference had over 100 participants from 13 states and three countries. The conference highlighted new developments and practices in the GIS and transit world.

Conference Presentation: Google’s On-line Transit Trip Planner

One topic which generated significant excitement among the participants was the presentation from Google Transit’s Naomi Bilodeau featuring highlights of Google’s free on-line transit trip planner. Naomi demonstrated the power of Google’s mapping applications with a hypothetical illustration of a trip using Google Transit. In her demonstration, she planned a trip from the airport in Portland, Oregon, to a hotel using public transportation. The transit trip planner included information on transfers, fare costs, and an estimate of the gasoline saved.

Naomi then wanted to find a list of restaurants near the hotel.  Again, using the Google maps web site, she searched for restaurants and the map generated a list and a map of restaurants near the hotel.  Using this information, she was able to access reviews of the restaurants, hours of operation, menus, and the restaurants’ web sites.  The integration of the geospatial information with transit and local searches highlighted opportunities to capitalize on the web resources of Google.  The presentation was both entertaining and informative and left the participants excited about the many developments forthcoming from Google’s efforts to make transit schedule information more accessible to the public.

Conference Sessions: Transit Data Models, Web-Based “Mash Ups” and Open Source Applications for Transit

The presentation from Google Transit highlighted the rapid developments in the area of geospatial technologies that underscore the importance of the conference and why it continues to be such an important conference to the transit and GIS community. The conference featured presentations on a wide range of topics and the sessions were designed with varying user experiences in mind. The beginner sessions focused on service planning and data management and the advanced sessions focused on data models and open source transit applications.

Feedback from the attendees indicated the sessions that addressed technical and cutting-edge applications were a welcome addition to the conference. The most noteworthy sessions were on transit data models, web-based “mash-ups”, and open source applications.  The transit data model sessions addressed the need for a uniform data format to share transit data across software applications and computer platforms.  The “mash-up” sessions introduced the concept and illustrated the power of combining data sources and applications to produce a new “mash-up” product such as tracking bus locations on web applications that called on Google maps and Microsoft’s Live applications.  The open source session addressed several open source applications for transit. The goal of the session was to introduce the participants to the idea of open source applications and the power of the TimeTable Publisher application being presented. The TimeTable Publisher application used the Google data format known as the Google Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) to create print and web-based time tables.  A feature of open source applications is the ability of users to expand or improve on the existing applications.  Perhaps the most exciting feature of the TimeTable publisher application was its cost – it is free!

Closing Session: “Where to Go from Here”

The conference’s traditional closing session included a discussion on “Where to Go from Here.” As always, the closing session produced many ideas for future conferences, including pre or post-conference training, a poster session, and the creation of a GIS and Transit Clearinghouse.  The clearinghouse idea was born out of a discussion on the need for more resources like the conference.  In response, the NCTR has created the web site, which will become a repository of information for the transit and GIS community. The website will host the conference presentations and will serve as sounding board for the community.

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