A collection of 7 posts
Exploring Finland via Train and Water
Back in the spring of 2019, I had the opportunity to visit my then fiancée (now wife) in Tampere, Finland. She was living there for a few months working, and I was glad to get the chance to take a week off from work and spend some time with her while exploring the two largest cities.
How to Scrape WMATA's Real-Time Train and Bus Movement Data
Most large transit agencies have research groups whose full time job it is to analyze operational data, but they often face strict restrictions publishing data. With historic records of real-time data though, academics and nonprofits can perform their own creative analyses.
Why Street Patterns can Make or Break Buses
For a couple years in high school I took the DC Metro to the bus to get home. While I often exaggerate the numbers when talking about my commute, even today Citymapper says it would take at least an hour to get home. Because of bus bunching [https://en.wikipedia.
Using pgRouting to Calculate Transit Catchment Areas
In order to show the effects of a grid vs loop and lollipop road network, I downloaded the GTFS [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Transit_Feed_Specification] files for Ride On [https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dot-transit/] bus here [https://transitfeeds.com/p/montgomery-county-department-of-transportation/235]. These are simply txt files,
Streetmix, A Street Section Builder for Activists and Professionals Alike
Back in 2013, San Fransisco's Department of Public Works wanted to find ways to facilitate public feedback for the Second Street Improvement Project [https://www.codeforamerica.org/products/streetmix/]. Traditionally, planners have used paper cutouts and drawings to get feedback from the public, but this is time consuming, not very